Naval Aircraft Factory N3N Yellow Peril

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Naval Aircraft Factory
Markings
Jensen Flying Service, 1950s
Designation
N3N
Registration
N45084
Serial Number
4497

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N Yellow Peril

The Naval Aircraft Factory was a government owned and operated business intended to produce aircraft for the U.S. Navy. Its best-known product was the N3N trainer produced beginning in 1936. The plane’s nickname comes from the bright yellow paint scheme used by Navy trainers and from its tendency to ground loop very easily. The N3N served as the main introductory trainer for the Navy throughout World War II. A few N3Ns remained in Navy service at the Naval Academy until 1960. Most of the Yellow Perils were sold soon after the end of World War II. Many found their way into the hands of agricultural spraying operators. In the mid-1950s the Forest Service and California based sprayers conducted experiments in using their aircraft to fight forest fires from the air. The experiment proved a great success and by 1956 a small fleet of N3N and Stearman biplanes were being used to fight fires throughout California.

Specifications
Wingspan 34 ft
Length 25 ft 6 in
Height 10 ft 10 in
Weight 2,792 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 126 mph
Service Ceiling 15,200 ft
Range 470 miles
Engines 1 R-760-2 radial with 235 horsepower
Crew 2