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Aircraft  The Company
 
First
Flight
Model Military Number Name
1934   A-17  
1941 N-9M    
1946 N-23 YC-125 Raider
1948 N-24 F-89 Scorpion
1948   X-4  
1959 N-156T T-38 Talon
1972   A-9  
Jack Northrop worked for the Loughead brothers as a draftsman in 1916 before moving to the Douglas Company in the same year.  There he worked as draftsman, designer and project engineer.  He moved back to Lockheed in 1927 to design the Vega, one of the most influential aircraft of the late 1920s.

In order to better develop his own ideas, Jack Northrop formed the Northrop Aircraft Co. in 1929.  Northrop became a subsidiary of Douglas in 1932.  There Northrop developed the BT-1 Navy dive bomber which became the SBD Dauntless of World War II fame.

In 1938, Jack Northrop again set out on his own to develop his own ideas.  Jack's pet project was the flying wing and he developed both the B-35 and jet-engined B-49.  These aircraft are the ancestors of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.

In 1994, Northrop acquired Grumman Aircraft to form Northrop Grumman.  In a separate merger, Northrop Grumman acquired Vought Aircraft.

 
 Merchandise  Related Websites
 

Book:
The Northrop Story
Richard Allen
Go to the Northrop Grumman website
 

page updated 16 April 2007

 

 

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