The airplane is a distinctly American invention, though initially regarded as entertainment or a toy for the wealthy. By 1913 Europe had taken the lead in aviation, developing the aircraft as a weapon.

The start of WWI on April 6, 1917 brought new significance to aviation. In 1917, the Navy decided to produce and control its own supply of aircraft. The Naval Aircraft Factory (NAF) was built at a cost of $900,000.00.

The Navy felt the need to establish quality and price controls, while meeting the specific requirements of the military. The NAF would be at the forefront of aircraft development and testing while being the only factory to produce both engines and airframes.

The factory employed 2,000 workers, up to 24 percent were women. The NAF built the rugged and dependable N3N trainer shown here. The N3N served during WWII on nearly every naval training field.

DISPLAY STATUS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CURRENT LOCATION
Own United States  Boneyard
PURPOSE & TYPE MATERIALS ERA & DATE RANGE
Trainer  Steel World War II
1939 – 1945
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
MFG: Naval Aircraft Factory
First Produced: 1936
Number Built: Almost 1,000; 816 N3N-3s total
Armament: None

Wingspan: 34’
Wing Area: 305 sq ft
Length: 25’6”
Height: 10’10”
Empty Weight: 2,090 lbs
Gross Weight: 2,792 lbs
Powerplant: Wright R760-2
Horsepower: 235
Cruise Speed: 90 mph
Maximum Speed: 126 mph
Range: 470 miles
Delivered: December 19, 1940

Dec 1940 – NRAB Philadelphia, PA
Feb 2, 1943 – NAS Squantum
Sept 9, 1943 – Squantum
Sept 28, 1943 – Disposed