November 1940: AFDU at Northolt reported on the Buffalo without armament
The Buffalo's main asset in the air was its excellent maneuverability.
Later in the testing they pitted the B-339E Buffalo I against the Hurricane. No
particulars are listed as to what the status was; weight, armament, armor...etc.
The version of Hurricane used in the comparison was not given.
Speed: The Buffalo was 15 mph. faster at 6,000 ft. At 14,700 ft. speeds were
identical. However if the Buffalo had been carrying its full war load, their speed
would have been identical at low altitudes and the Buffalo would have been
12 mph. slower at 14,700 ft.
Climb and Maneuverability: Owing to the disparity in weight the Buffalo could
out climb the Hurricane and easily turn inside it.
With a maximum around 300 mph. and a rapidly deteriorating performance
above 15,000 ft. it was no good in the European Theater, so most were shipped
to the Far East.
May 1941: No.67 Squadron became operational with the B-339 at Kallang,
Singapore. The full warload fitted Buffalos were hopelessly outclassed by the
nimble Japanese Zero and Oscar. They both had vastly superior power to
Edited by CORSNING, 14 February 2018 - 04:45 PM.