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United States' Northrop N-3PB Nomad floatplane

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  • Northrop N-3PB Nomad floatplane
  • Northrop N-3PB Nomad floatplane
  • Northrop N-3PB Nomad floatplane
  • Northrop N-3PB Nomad floatplane

Design

Twenty four Northrop N-3PB Nomads were ordered straight from designs by the Norwegian government but it didn't receive the aircraft until after the fall of Norway.

Usage

The Norwegian air force used the Northrop N-3PB from bases in Canada, Iceland (No 330 Squadron), and Great Britain.

The Nomads could escort convoys out of Iceland for 150 miles / 240 km. In July 1942 two Fw 200 Condors were chased away from a convoy by Nomads.

Withdrawn

In January 1943 the Nomads were withdrawn from frontline service.

Specifications

  Northrop N-3PB
Type Patrol, Bomber
Crew 3
Engine (Type) Wright Cyclone
Wright GR-1820-G205A
Cylinders Radial
Cooling Air
HP 1,250
Dimensions  
Span 48' 11"
14.91 m
Length 36'
10.97 m
Height 12'
3.66 m
Wing area 376 sq ft
34.93 sq m
Weight  
Empty 6,190 lb
2,808 kg
Loaded 10,000 lb, 10,600 lb
4,808 kg
Performance  
Speed 260 mph
Speed at Sea Level 257 mph
414 kph
Climb to 15,000' / 4,570 m 14 minutes 24 seconds
Service ceiling 24,000'
7,315 m
Range 1,000 miles
1,609 km
Armament  
Wings 4: MG
4: 12.7 mm / 0.5" MG
Dorsal 1: 7.62 mm / 0.3" MG
Ventral 1: 7.62 mm / 0.3" MG
Bombs 4: 500 lb
2,200 lb
4: 227 kg
OR  
Torpedo 2,000 lb

Sources:

  1. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
  2. The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II, Chris Bishop, 1998
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