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NAF N3N-3 Canary
|Dimensions||34'0" by 28'4" by 13'4"
10.36m 8.63m by 4.06m
|Maximum speed||114 mph
|Service ceiling||15,200 feet
|Power plant||1 235hp (175 kW) Wright R-760-2 radial engine driving a two bladed propeller.|
||The N3N-1 used earlier Wright engines but were mostly retrofitted with the Wright R-760-2 before war broke out.
The Canary, produced by the Navy's own small aircraft factory, was one of the principal primary trainers used by Navy flight schools. It used surplus Wright J-5 engines and was considered insurance for the Stearman Kaydet still under development. The Navy was proud of its design and it was only partially superceded by the Kaydet when the latter went into full production, and it remained in service after the Kaydet was retired.
The aircraft was known as the "Yellow Peril" to its
students, not because of any faults in the design, but because cadets
who did not quickly master the aircraft were washed out of the flight
program. Like most successful trainers, it was a very forgiving
aircraft with pleasant handling.
McKillop (2002; accessed 2012-3-12)
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