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North American NA-50 Replica

North American NA-50 Replica

The North American Aviation NA-50 was developed as a simple single-seat, low-wing, single-engine fighter immediately prior to World War II. North American originally intended to market the NA-50 to small countries in need of a simple aircraft with modern capabilities and features. To minimize engineering and productions costs, the design was developed from the NA-16/BT-9 basic training aircraft of 1935. The NA-16 evolved into a series of aircraft (including the North American AT-6/SNJ) that were some of the most widely used advanced and basic training aircraft of World War II and the years and several years thereafter.

The NA-50 in the air show is unique, having been built by WestPac Restorations in 1989 from North American NA-50 drawings using a North American SNJ4 fuselage, T6G wings shortened by 72″ to a wingspan of 35’6″ with the center wing flap faired over, and an SNJ2/NA50-style rudder installed.

The NA-50 was powered by an 840 hp Wright R-1820-G3 radial air-cooled engine that gave the NA-50 a top speed of 295 mph at 9,500 ft. It was armed with two .30 in (7.62 mm) M1919 Browning machine guns.

Following are specifications for the NA50 replica:

Maximum Speed: 295 mph at 9,500 ft Length: 31 ft  4 in
Cruise Speed: 235 Height: 9 ft
Power Plant:  1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-61 600  HP Guns:
2 × .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns2 × 20 mm cannons (Located in pods beneath each wing) Bombs: 750 lb (340 kg) bombs



Proceeds from the air show benefit these three museums in Colorado Springs that are dedicated to the education of future generations through the preservation of our nation’s military heritage.

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7330 Embraer-Heights
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80916

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