BREWSTER

James Brewster formed company 1810 to make carts, wagons and coaches. Brewster Aeronautical Corp. 1932 built floats and airframe parts. Design began 1934 on carrier-based scout bomber XSBA-1 (15 April 1936), leading to 30 SBN-1 built by Naval Aircraft Factory. B-239 naval fighter first flew December 1937, led to US Navy F2A and RAF Buffalo - 507 built including Dutch East Indies and Finland, but outclassed by enemy. SB2A Buccaneer (RAF Bermuda) naval scout bomber complete failure. Company’s poor performance building F3A Corsair led to cancellation of all Navy orders 1944.

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