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  • Northrop N-3PB Nomad Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane

    The American-designed and produced Northrop N-3PB floatplane was only ever fielded by the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service.

     Updated: 5/1/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

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    Northrop N-3PB Nomad Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1941
    Type: Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Northrop Aircraft, Incorporated - USA
    Production Total: 24

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 3
    Length: 36.02 feet (10.98 meters)
    Width: 48.88 feet (14.90 meters)
    Height: 12.01 feet (3.66 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 6,173 lb (2,800 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 10,582 lb (4,800 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Wright GR-1820-G205A 9-cylinder, air-cooled radial piston engine developing 1,200 horsepower.

    Maximum Speed: 257 mph (414 kph; 224 knots)
    Maximum Range: 994 miles (1,600 km)
    Service Ceiling: 24,016 feet (7,320 meters; 4.55 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 1,040 feet-per-minute (317 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    4 x 0.50 caliber fixed, forward-firing heavy machine guns.
    2 x 0.30 caliber machine guns in dorsal and ventral positions.

    Up to 2,000lbs of external ordnance including 1 x torpedo, conventional drop bombs or naval depth charges.

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    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    N-3PB "Nomad" - Base Series Designation; 24 examples produced.