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Northrop N-1M

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Northrop N-1M on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
Type Flying wing
Manufacturer Northrop
Designed by Jack Northrop
Maiden flight 3 July 1941
Retired 1945
Status Experimental
Primary user Northrop Corp.
Number built 1
Variants Northrop N-9M

The Northrop N-1M was an early flying wing aircraft, predecessor to the Northrop N-9M and Northrop YB-35.

This aircraft, the first true flying wing produced in the United States, was developed during 1939 and 1940, and first flew on July 3, 1941 at Baker Dry Lake in California. Unstable and underpowered, but basically sound, the N-1M paved the way for Northrop's later flying wings. Jack Northrop started building flying wings after he was inspired by the Walter and Reimar Horten's (the Horten brothers) pre-war record-setting glider designs in Germany.

The plane was donated to the United States Army Air Forces in 1945 and was placed in the collection of the National Air Museum the following year. It is now on public display at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Specifications (N-1M)

General characteristics

  • Crew: one, pilot
  • Length: 17 ft 11 in (5.46 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 8 in (11.80 m)
  • Height: 4 ft 11 in (1.50 m)
  • Wing area: 300 ft² (27.9 m²)
  • Loaded weight: 3,900 lb (1,769 kg)
  • Powerplant:Lycoming O-145 , 65 hp (50 kW) each



See also

Related development
Northrop N-9M - Northrop YB-35 - Northrop YB-49

See also

cs:Northrop N-1M de:Northrop N-1M fr:Northrop N-1M

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Northrop N-1M".