Nov 112015
Northrop N-63 Convoy Fighter: The Naval VTOL Turboprop Tailsitter Project of 1950

The Northrop N-63 was an unconventional VTOL turboprop tailsitter aircraft proposal submitted to the US Navy’s convoy fighter competition of 1950, which ultimately produced the Convair XFY-1 Pogo and Lockheed XFV-1 Salmon. It was a single-seat high performance fighter designed to protect convoy vessels from attack by enemy aircraft, and for vertical unassisted takeoff from, […]

Mar 132012
Douglas El Segundo Project 9 Tailless Bomber—Wind Tunnel Tests (1938)

The Douglas El Segundo Division Project 9 was a study for a twin engine tailless bomber dating from 1938. It was likely designed (or heavily influenced) by Jack Northrop, who would leave Douglas the following year to form his own independent company. The report presented in the gallery above describes the results of wind tunnel […]

Mar 122011
Northrop Model N-94 Class VF Day Fighter

Northrop’s contribution to the OS-130 competition was the Model N-94, which consisted of a basic design and two alternate designs. The basic design was developed for two different engine installations: the Pratt & Whitney J57-P-11 and the Wright J65-W (TJ 31B3). These two versions of the basic design were designated the N-94 and N-94A, respectively. […]