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Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3

The Naval Aircraft Factory was the only factory to build both the engine and airframe.  The N3N was made of bolted together steel tubing, with removable side panels, this allowed for easy access to the interior.  

A rugged and dependable trainer, during WWII the N3N served on nearly every naval training field.  The seaplane version was used at the US Naval Academy until 1961, becoming the last American biplane in military service.  

After the war, N3Ns could be purchased for $500.00 and were highly modified and used as agricultural dusters and sprayers.  Some early fire bombers were N3N's fitted with water tanks.  

The center floats are very rare, this one was found in a trailer park in northern California where it was serving as a flower bed.  This “Yellow Peril” is one of only two restored N3Ns on floats.  Four restored N3N’s are on display at Yanks and two dozen await restoration.

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