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World War II

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3

This is no Stearman.  There are three Yellow Peril N3N’s restored and now on display at Yanks.  

This N3N was preserved without its fabric covering in order to compare construction methods between the WWII era trainer and the similarly uncovered Curtiss Jenny of WWI.  These two biplanes span about twenty years and demonstrate the technological advances that lay the groundwork for today’s modern aircraft.  

While the N3N increased in weight, speed, and ability so did the demands on the engine and airframe.  The Jenny’s 90hp “V” configuration engine and wood construction gave way to the stronger, steel airframe and 235hp rotary engine.

The N3N was the last biplane in US military service and was retired from the U S Navy in 1961.   The Army Air Forces Stearman aircraft were retired more than a decade earlier in 1948.  

Yanks Air Museum has acquired more than twenty N3N’s with plans to recreate the Naval Aircraft Factory assembly line circa 1936.
MFG: Naval Aircraft Factory

First Produced: 1936

Powerplant: Wright R760-2

Horsepower: 235

Prop: Hamilton Std

Service Ceiling: 15,200 ft.

Cruise: 90 mph

Top Speed: 126 mph

Range: 470 miles

Empty Weight: 2,090 lbs

Gross Weight: 2,792 lbs

Wing Span: 34’

Wing Area: 305 sq. ft.

Length: 25’6”

Height: 10’10”

Armament: None

Number Built: Almost 1,000

816 N3N-3s total