graduate

Northrop Aircraft Incorporated

Jack Northrop was an innovative aircraft designer who was associated with Douglas and Lockheed during most of the 1920s. In 1932 he partnered with Donald Douglas to found Northrop Corporation. Labor troubles during the Depression eventually led to the dissolution of the company in 1937, leaving Northrop a bitter man. However, in August 1939, Northrop founded Northrop Aircraft Incorporated, which was more successful, largely because of the wartime demand for aircraft.

Northrop was a champion of the flying wing concept, but no flying wing saw operational service until long after the Pacific War.

Northrop Aircraft produced the A-35 Vengeance and P-61 Black Widow at its Inglewood plant. Production averaged 24 A-35 per month to May 1943 and 37 P-61 per month from March 1944 to the end of the war. Northrop also produced subassemblies for the PBY Catalina.

References

AAFSD

U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission (accessed 2008-6-14)



Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional