|Walkaround - Naval Aviation Factory N3N Yellow Peril Bu.42782
|Walkaround - Naval Aviation Factory N3N-3 Yellow Peril Bu.42782
A. Spaatz Field / Reading Regional Airport, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA.
|World War II Weekend,
June 4-6, 2010.
Here is a
walkaround of a Naval Aviation Factory N3N, the Yellow Peril, as the
cadets called it back in WWII. This dash-3 example, Bu.No.42782 (civil reg. N44718), is owned by
Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, and is in impecable condition, attending
several air shows every year.
N3N seems overlooked in favor of his stablemate successor, the
Boeing PT-13/N2S Caydet, and the two are often mistaken for each other.
The Yellow Peril played a very important role during pre-war and WWII
years, training thousands of pilots, and still is not as well
documented as other aircraft of its era (neither well represented in
word of caution for those using these photos as a reference - the
engine is not the original. Thanks to David Jenista, owner of the NotAStearman blog, for the clarification:
Reading aircraft has a replacement engine. All N3N-3 aircraft
(which includes all remaining complete aircraft in North America) left
the factory with an NAF license built version of the Wright
R-760. The installation is somewhat unusual with a front-mounted
exhaust collector. This is enough of a visual difference that it
merits the comment. The P&W R-985 was the most common conversion
when the surplus N3Ns were converted for crop duster operation.
The increase from 235HP to 450HP made a big difference in load
capacity. Most likely this aircraft was a duster at one time and
has been restored to “two-holer” configuration. Today
the Lyc. R680 is very popular with owners of the N3N because of good
power (300HP), constant speed propeller, and spare parts. R-760 parts
are becoming expensive and difficult to find."
The correct engine should look like in the photo below:
Wings and fuselage:
you find these photos useful somehow. If you have
any interesting information about the history of this aircraft, please drop