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Northrop N-3PB Nomad


Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane


United States | 1941



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



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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Northrop N-3PB Nomad Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane.
1 x Wright GR-1820-G205A 9-cylinder, air-cooled radial piston engine developing 1,200 horsepower.
Propulsion
257 mph
414 kph | 224 kts
Max Speed
24,016 ft
7,320 m | 5 miles
Service Ceiling
994 miles
1,600 km | 864 nm
Operational Range
1,040 ft/min
317 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
NYC
 
  LON
LON
 
  PAR
PAR
 
  BER
BER
 
  MOS
MOS
 
  TOK
TOK
 
  SYD
SYD
 
  LAX
LAX
 
  NYC
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Northrop N-3PB Nomad Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane.
3
(MANNED)
Crew
36.0 ft
10.98 m
O/A Length
48.9 ft
(14.90 m)
O/A Width
12.0 ft
(3.66 m)
O/A Height
6,173 lb
(2,800 kg)
Empty Weight
10,582 lb
(4,800 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Northrop N-3PB Nomad Reconnaissance / Bomber Floatplane .
STANDARD:
4 x 0.50 caliber fixed, forward-firing heavy machine guns.
2 x 0.30 caliber machine guns in dorsal and ventral positions.

OPTIONAL:
Up to 2,000lbs of external ordnance including 1 x torpedo, conventional drop bombs or naval depth charges.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Northrop N-3PB Nomad family line.
N-3PB "Nomad" - Base Series Designation; 24 examples produced.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Northrop N-3PB Nomad. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 24 Units

Contractor(s): Northrop Aircraft, Incorporated - USA
National flag of Norway

[ Norway ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (257mph).

Graph Average of 225 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
Production Comparison
24
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
GROUND ATTACK
ANTI-SHIP
MARITIME / NAVY
RECONNAISSANCE
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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