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Northrop A-17

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A-17 Nomad
Type Ground attack
Manufacturer Northrop
Designed by Jack Northrop
Introduced 1935
Primary users U.S. Army Air Corps
South African Air Force
Developed from Northrop Gamma

The Northrop A-17, a development of the Northrop Gamma 2F was a two seat, single engine, monoplane, attack bomber built in 1935 by the Northrop Corporation for the US Army Air Corps. The A-17 was equipped with perforated flaps, had fixed landing gear with partial fairing. It was fitted with an internal fuselage bomb bay that carried fragmentation bombs and well as external bomb racks.


In 1939 [1], 93 ex-USAAC aircraft were purchased by France and given Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp engines. Not having been completed before the fall of France, they were taken over by the British Purchasing Commission for the RAF and given the name Nomad. They were assessed as being obsolete and sent to South Africa for use as trainers.

The Republic of China Air Force received a mix of Northrop Gamma 2E and A-17 totaled 45, along with 2 C-19 Alpha, and the Gamma 2E and A-17 were used extensively in combat to attack Japanese shipping lines at Shanghai by the 1st and 2nd Groups, before retiring from frontline to training duties.


Specifications (A-17)

General characteristics

  • Crew: two: pilot, gunner
  • Length: 9.8 m (32 ft)
  • Wingspan: 14.6 m (47 ft 9 in)
  • Maximum takeoff: 1,100 kg (2,420 lb)
  • Powerplant: one, Pratt & Whitney R-1535-11 Twin Wasp Jr. double row radial air-cooled engine, 560 kW (750 hp)
  • Maximum speed: 332 km/h (206 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 274 km/h (170 mph)
  • Range: 1,127 km (700 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 5,900 m (19,400 ft)
  • internal bay for bombs
  • external wing bomb racks


  1. Northrop A-17 - Chapter 2

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