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Northrop Alpha

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The Northrop C-19 Alpha was a series of three aircraft purchased from Northrop by the US Army Air Corps in 1931. They were slightly modified versions of the civil Northrop Alpha Type 2. The major difference between the C-19s and the Alphas was that the civilian version carried a pilot and six passengers while the Army version carried a pilot and four passengers. One aircraft, the last of the three purchased, crashed between Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia on Sunday, March 19, 1933, killing its pilot and two passengers. The other aircraft were used for several more years until being sent to training schools as subjects for maintenance and repair classes.

Specifications (C-19)

General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: 4 passengers
  • Length: 28 ft 5 in (8.66 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 10 in (12.75 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)
  • Wing area: ft² ( m²)
  • Empty: lb ( kg)
  • Loaded: lb ( kg)
  • Maximum takeoff: 4,700 lb (2,136 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1x Pratt & Whitney R-1340-7 Wasp radial, 450 hp (336 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 170 mph (272 km/h)
  • Range: 650 miles (1,040 km)
  • Service ceiling: 19,000 ft (5,792 m)
  • Rate of climb: ft/min ( m/min)
  • Wing loading: lb/ft² ( kg/m²)
  • Power/Mass: hp/lb ( kW/kg)

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