National Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton, Ohio

Aircraft types N - Y


Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
NASA Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer 1 (CCT-1)   All Shuttle astronauts (over 300) trained in this accurate mockup built by Rockwell.
Nieuport 28 replica N8539 as 'N6301' Ex Frank Tallman / Tallmantz Aviation)
Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman 44-70296 as '44-70534' 904 Norsemen were built 1935-59, inc 749 UC-64As. Ex CF-KVB, NC55860 (N55860), N57WS.
North American (Ryan) L-17A (U-18A) Navion 47-1347 as L-17B '48-0928' 2,634 Navions were built 1948-76. Ex N4551K.
North American A-36A Apache 42-83665 'Margie H' Dive-bomber version of the P-51 - 500 built over 7 months 1942-43. Ex NX39502 (N39502), N6458C.
North American P-51D Mustang 44-74936 as '44-15174' The last P-51 assigned to a USAF tactical unit, painted as 'Shimmy IV', Italy in 1944
North American B-45C Tornado 48-0010 BE-010 10 Pioneering 4-jet bomber. 143 built, including 10 B-45Cs with inflight refuelling, of which this is the sole survivor.
North American F-82B Twin Mustang 44-65168 PQ-168 Betty Jo: Hawaii to New York unrefuelled nonstop distance and speed record holder (1947). Ex NACA132.
North American F-82B Twin Mustang as F-82G 44-65162 FQ-357 Bs were escort fighters, Gs were night fighters with a centre-section radar pod of which none can be found for this reproduction. Ex N12102.
North American F-86A Sabre 49-1067 as '49-1236 FU-236' Flew to the museum in 1961, now marked as the 1st F-86 to shoot down a MiG (1950).
North American F-86D Sabre 50-0477 as '52-3863 FU-863' 'Dennis the Menace' Sabre Dog all-weather version came to the museum in 1957.
North American RF-86F Haymaker Sabre 52-4492 FU-492 Photo recce version for the Korean war. Bulges below the canopy held film magazines. Nose gun ports were painted.
North American F-86H Sabre 53-1352 H models were larger, heavier, better performing and nuclear capable. Over 450 built, never saw combat.
North American F-100F Super Sabre 56-3837 HE Vietnam high-speed forward air control aircraft known as 'Misty FAC', this plane's pilots included Dick Rutan.
North American F-107A 55-5119 2nd of 3 prototypes - flew to the museum in 1957 but was never fully finished. The 1st prototype is at Pima. The USAF preferred the F-105.
North American NA-64 Yale 1 38-0227 as BT-14 '737' Ex Canadian AF 3417 modifed and showing the trainee pilot pleading after a noseover.
North American O-47B 39-112 as '37-328' 1934 observation plane with windows in the belly. 239 built. Ex N73722, XB-YUW
North American RB-25D Mitchell 43-3374 as B-25B '40-2344' Converted by NA to a B-25B in 1958 for the museum. 2344 was Jimmy Doolittle's plane on the Tokyo Raid
North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco 68-3787 Light Armed Recce Aircraft (LARA) contest winner in 1964. 360 OV-10s built.
North American T-6D Mosquito 42-84216 TA-216 Forward Air Control version. Spent some time with the South Korean AF.
North American T-28A Trojan 49-1494 TL-494 Trainer first flown 1949, used by the USAF until the mid 50s and by the USN into the '80s.
North American T-28B Trojan Bu 140048 as 38365 USN version with a belly-mounted speed brake. The South Vietnam AF used it for close air support.
North American T-39A Sabreliner 62-4478 President Johnson's personal transport 1968-73, then used for testing and VIP transport. Came here in '84.
North American X-10 GM-19307 Development vehicle for the SM-64 Navajo nuclear cruise missile, later cancelled. First to fly, and sole survivor of 13.
North American X-15A-2 56-6671 With extra propellant tanks and a stretched fuselage, this is the fastest X-15, reaching Mach 6.7 on its last flight (1967).
North American XB-70 Valkyrie 62-0001 The museum's iconic aircraft, this is the 1st of the 2 built for testing even though the bomber program had been cancelled. First flight 1964, reached Mach 3.1 in '65, and came to the museum in '69.
Northrop A-17A (Gamma 2F) 36-207 Attack version of the Gamma, 411 built, widely exported, some named 8A or Nomad.
Northrop AT-38B Talon 63-8172 HM Weapons trainer and agressor aircraft. This retired in 1991, going on display in 2004.
Northrop B-2 Spirit '82-1070 WM' 2nd structural test airframe, marked as 'Spirit of Ohio', an early production test aircraft.
Northrop P-61C Black Widow 43-8353 as P-61B '42-39468' 'Moonlight Serenade'. US's 1st dedicated night fighter, 1st operation was in 1944 over England against a V-1.
Northrop SM-62 Snark   Ground-launched nuclear cruise missile, 6,325 mile range, but had a poor nav system. Operational 1960-61.
Northrop F-89J Scorpion 52-1911 as '53-2509 FV-509' 350 F-89Ds were modified to J standard for carrying Genie nuclear rockets and Falcon missiles.
Northrop Tacit Blue None Stealth and radar development aircraft, proved that curves can be stealthy and helped B-2 development.
Northrop X-4 Bantam 46-0677 Following the tailless Me163 and DH108, two X-4s were built for transonic tests. They proved that full tails are best.
Northrop YC-125B Raider 48-626 as '48-622' Ex N2566B, XA-LOU. 13 A transports and 10 B Arctic rescue test versions were built 1949-50. Underpowered and soon withdrawn. The only other survivor is at Pima.
Northrop YF-5A Freedom Fighter 59-4989 as '64-13332' One of three prototypes, marked as a Vietnam "Shoski Tiger" combat test aircraft in 1965-7.
Northrop-McDonnell Douglas YF-23A 'Black Widow II' 87-0800 N231YF First of 2 prototypes - lost the Advanced Tactical Fighter contest to the YF-22 in 1991.
Packard LePere LUSAC 11 SC-42133 LePere United States Army Combat - sole survivor of 28 built before the end of WW1.
Panavia Tornado GR1 ZA374 CN as 'ZD374' 'Miss Behavin'. Given the wrong serial during repainting in pink for the Gulf War. Donated by the RAF in 2002.
Piasecki (Vertol) CH-21B Workhorse 51-15857 Came to the museum in 1965.
Piper L-4A Grasshopper 42-36790 as '42-36389' Ex N5777N
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Razorback 42-23278 as 42-22668 Ex N5087V, N347D. Marked as 'Fiery Ginger IV', the fin of which is displayed beside it.
Republic P-47D-40 Thunderbolt Bubble canopy Republic P-47D-40 45-49167 Ex Peru AF 540 and 116, N47DB. Marked as P-47D-30 'Five by Five'.
Republic F-84E Thunderjet 51-10454 FS-454 About 4,450 straight-wing F-84s were built. This one came to te museum in 1963.
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak 52-6526 The prototype swept-wing F-84 was only slightly better than the F-84E. As the F-84F, over 2,700 were built.
Republic YRF-84F FICON 49-2430 This is the prototype F-84F which first flew in 1950 named the XF-96A. Modified in 1951 for FICON tests: note the hook above the nose and the angled stabilisers.
Republic XF-84H 'Thunderscreech' 51-17059 FS-059 An F-84F with a turboprop behind the cockpit, and a T-tail. 1st of 2 prototypes. Crippling noise and vibration from the supersonic props caused cancellation.
Republic RF-84K Thunderflash 52-7259 FS-259 25 production RF-84Fs were converted for further FICON tests, being launched and recovered by GRB-36Ds. The nose hook was retractable.
Republic XF-91 Thunderceptor 46-680 The 1st of 2 built. The rocket & jet powered interceptor reached 984mph and climbed at 30,000 feet per minute.
Republic F-105D Thunderchief 60-0504 RU 'Memphis Belle II' - based in Thailand and has two MiG kills. Came here in 1990.
Republic F-105G Thunderchief 63-8320 WW 'BAM BAM' - an F-105F with 3 kills in Thailand, converted to an F-105G Wild Weasel attacking SAM sites.
Rockwell (Boeing) B-1B Lancer 84-0051 In 2002, the USAF started reducing B-1B numbers to save costs: this came to the museum the same year.
Royal Aircraft Factory (Eberhart) SE-5E A622-325 Eberhart Steel Products rebuilt 50 RAF-built SE-5As using 180-hp Wright-Hispano E engines.
Ryan PT-22C (ST-3KR) Recruit 41-15721 Ex N51713. Over 1,000 built - this one came as a private donation.
Ryan X-13 Vertijet 54-1620 2nd prototype - the one that made the VTOL flights with full transition in April 1957. The successful programme soon closed, and 1620 came to the museum in 1959. The 1st prototype is in the San Diego Museum Annexe.
Scaled Composites Long-EZ Borealis N90EZ Testbed for a pulsed detonation engine (PDE). Made the first manned flight with a PDE in January 2008.
Schneider SG38 Schulgleiter 1   German AF - one of about 10,000 SG38s built.
Schweizer TG-3A 42-52988 Training glider for cargo glider pilots - 110 built.
Seversky P-35 36-404 as P-35A '41-17449 4MP-17' Sole surviving P-35. 198 were built in total: landmark design was the predecessor of the Republic P-47.
Sikorsky HH-3E Jolly Green Giant 67-14709 709 Developed from the S-61, these combat search and rescue choppers served in operations from Vietnam to Desert Storm.
Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV 68-10357 Special operations chopper with advanced navigation systems and all-weather capabilities. Retired in 2008.
Sikorsky R-4B Hoverfly (S-47) 43-46506 16 World's first production helicopter, first flown in 1942, first used in combat in '44.
Sikorsky YR-5A (YH-5A) Dragonfly (S-48) 43-46620 26 YR-5As were ordered for service testing, the first delivered in 1945. Over 300 H-5s were produced.
Sikorsky R-6A Hoverfly II (S-49) 43-46506 16 Improved version of the R-4, 225 were built and served in the US and the UK 1944-50.
Sikorsky UH-19B Chickasaw 52-7587 as H-19A '51-3893' 'Hopalong' - one of a pair that made the 1st transatlantic helicopter flight, in 1952.
Sopwith F1 Camel replica 'F6034 N' The most successful allied figher of WW1. USAF staff completed this in 1974.
SPAD VII '3730' The American Expeditionary Force had about 190 of these rugged fighters.
SPAD XIII C1 S-4523 1 Ex N2030A. The US had 893 of these upgraded fighters This has the markings of Eddie Rickenbacker's plane.
Standard J-1 22692 1601 examples of this primary trainer were built - this one was restored by the museum in 1981.
Stearman PT-13D (E-75) Kaydet 42-17800 (N2S-5 60591) Ex N41766. PT-13s had Lycoming engines - 2,141 built. This was donated by Boeing, painted as it looked as it left the production line.
Stinson (Vultee) L-1A (O-49) Vigilant 40-0291 as 41-19039 Ex N63229. Very versatile utility plane, used by the US and the RAF. First flew 1940, 324 built.
Stinson L-5G Sentinel 42-98225 as '42-98667' Ex N66225. Military version of the 105 Voyager, 3,590 built for the USAF.
Supermarine (Vickers-Armstrong) Spitfire LFVc Trop MA863 HL-B Ex Australian AF A58-246. Restored in Duxford for the IWM in 2000.
Supermarine Spitfire PR11 PA908 as 'MB950' Ex Indian AF M342. Painted as an 8th AF example operated over Europe from England during WW2.
Taylorcraft L-2M (O-57) Grasshopper 43-26592 as '43-26588 X88' Used only for training in the US. Many L-2s had side-by- side seating, but the M had tandem.
Thomas-Morse S4C Scout 38944 Nicknamed "Tommy", widely used for advanced pursuit training from 1917.
Vultee BT-13B Valiant 42-90629 33 67ED Over 9,500 BT-13 and BT-15 basic trainers were built from 1940. Nicknamed "Vibrator".
Waco CG-4A Hadrian 45-27948 Over 13,900 were built by 16 companies. First Flight 1942. Carried 13 troops or a Jeep.
Wright 1909 Military Flyer replica   The 1st military aeroplane. Replica built by the museum in 1955 with several original parts, including the engine.
Wright Modified 1911 B Flyer   Mods include a Rausenberger engine, ailerons, and a control wheel.
Yokosuka MXY7-K1 Ohka 1018 Trainer version of the suicide aircraft.

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