North American NA-50


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North American NA-50

Conceived as a low-cost fighter for use by smaller nations demanding comparatively simple warplanes, yet embodying such modern features as an enclosed cockpit and a retractable undercarriage, the NA-50 was a single-seat derivative of the NA-16 tandem two-seat basic trainer. Of all-metal construction with semi-monocoque fuselage, the NA-50 was powered by an 870hp Wright R-1820-77 Cyclone radial and carried an armament of two 7.62mm machine guns. In January 1938, a contract was placed on behalf of the Cuerpo de Aeronautica del Peru for seven NA-50s, delivery being completed in May 1939. In Peruvian service, the NA-50s were equipped with racks for up to 249kg of bombs, and the type saw active service in 1941 during a conflict with Ecuador. The last Peruvian NA-50 was withdrawn in 1961.

North American NA-50A three-view drawing (1280 x 824)

  Take-off weight2585 kg5699 lb
  Empty weight2028 kg4471 lb
  Wingspan11.35 m37 ft 3 in
  Length8.21 m27 ft 11 in
  Height2.67 m9 ft 9 in
  Wing area21.93 m2236.05 sq ft
  Max. speed475 km/h295 mph
  Range1038 km645 miles

Klaatu83, e-mail, 09.09.2011 00:16

Makes an interesting comparison with the Australia's Commonwealth "Boomerang".


Raymond Wiles, e-mail, 10.10.2022 Klaatu83

North American Aviaton Sent them the Blueprints , Several Working Examples to Serve as an Engineering Templates to Produce in Australia to Speed up Production as a Lend Lease Deal !!


leo rudnicki, e-mail, 07.04.2009 21:50

My information is that the given information is correct,ie,two 30cal guns in cowl. Thai NA68's had 2 20mm cannon in underwing gondolas as well.


Maverick Mitchell, 19.02.2008 06:48

The NA-50 had 4 .5in machine guns and each gun had 450 rounds of ammo per gun.


Maverick Mitchell, 19.02.2008 06:46

The NA-50 had 4 .5in machine guns and each gun had 450 rounds of ammo


Victor obando, e-mail, 17.02.2008 22:23

I just want to know if you can help me in finding how many machine guns and caliber has had the AN-50 and how many rounds of ammo.


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