Howell Park
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee USN Bu No 128885


F2H-2P Photo Banshee located in Baton Rouge, LA? Bu No is 128885. This aircraft has been in Howell Park as long as I can remember. I played on it as a kid in the early 1970's so it has been there for at least 37 years or so. I check on it periodically and have found that the park and the airplane have been spruced up a bit. I know this is a rare aircraft... The Naval Museum in Pensacola claims to have the last existing F2H-2P, but here is another survivor.

Tail codes on the U.S. Navy aircraft are the markings that help to identify the aircraft's unit and/or base assignment. These codes comprise one or two letters or digits painted on both sides of the vertical stabilizer, on the top right and on the bottom left wings near the tip. Although located both on the vertical stabilizer and the wings from their inception in July 1945, these identification markings are commonly referred as tail codes. It is important to note that tail codes are meant to identify units and assignments, not individual aircraft. For all aircraft of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Unique identification is provided by bureau numbers.
January 1972 MW-12. VMJ-1 U.S.N. Letter ACL 43-50 H&MS-42
Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 42 Tail code changed to "YW" in 1957.