GCASO: General Catalog of Artificial Space Objects

Jonathan C. McDowell

Launch Sites

Rocket Launch Ships: US Rocket Launching Aircraft: Fighters

F2H-2 Banshee S/N 124942



The Banshee used for Recruit Heat Transfer missions, aircraft 942, launched its payloads off the coast near Wallops. I've assumed it took off from USN Chincoteague (later NASA Wallops Main Base) but it may have been staged from Patuxent River. 942 was a NACA plane rather than a Navy one though, although according to Joe Baugher's site it was assigned to LeRC. A Banshee was also used for the Navy Rockair launches in 1955. I suspect it was the same aircraft but don't have any evidence to support that guess.


Rockets used: Recruit,Recruit T55



Updated: 2021 Nov 30 16:22:27

Launches: F2H2-942
DateRocketFlightMissionPlatCodePlatformSiteLPAscSiteAscLPPosApogee
1956 Nov 6RecruitHeat Transfer-F2H2-942F2H-2 Banshee S/N 124942NAOTSRW04/22WILP1 75.5W 37.8N (+/- 0.0) 4.0
1957Recruit T55Heat Transfer-F2H2-942F2H-2 Banshee S/N 124942NAOTSRW04/22WILP1 75.5W 37.8N (+/- 0.0) 4.0
1957 Aug 7Recruit T55Heat Transfer-F2H2-942F2H-2 Banshee S/N 124942NAOTSRW04/22WILP1 75.5W 37.8N (+/- 0.0) 4.0
1958 Jan 31Recruit T55Heat Transfer-F2H2-942F2H-2 Banshee S/N 124942NAOTSRW04/22WILP1 75.5W 37.8N (+/- 0.0) 4.0
1958 Mar 28Recruit T55--F2H2-942F2H-2 Banshee S/N 124942NAOTSRW04/22WILP1 75.5W 37.8N (+/- 0.0) 4.0