Walkaround - Naval Aviation Factory N3N Yellow Peril Bu.42782

Walkaround - Naval Aviation Factory N3N-3 Yellow Peril Bu.42782
Carl A. Spaatz Field / Reading Regional Airport, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA.
World War II Weekend, June 4-6, 2010.

Here is a walkaround of a Naval Aviation Factory N3N, the Yellow Peril, as the cadets called it back in WWII. This dash-3 example, Bu.No.42782 (civil reg. N44718), is owned by Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, and is in impecable condition, attending several air shows every year.

The N3N seems overlooked in favor of his stablemate successor, the Boeing PT-13/N2S Caydet, and the two are often mistaken for each other. The Yellow Peril played a very important role during pre-war and WWII years, training thousands of pilots, and still is not as well documented as other aircraft of its era (neither well represented in modeling industry). 

A word of caution for those using these photos as a reference - the engine is not the original. Thanks to David Jenista, owner of the NotAStearman blog, for the clarification:

"The Reading aircraft has a replacement engine. All N3N-3 aircraft (which includes all remaining complete aircraft in North America) left the factory with an NAF license built version of the Wright R-760. The installation is somewhat unusual with a front-mounted exhaust collector.  This is enough of a visual difference that it merits the comment. The P&W R-985 was the most common conversion when the surplus N3Ns were converted for crop duster operation.  The increase from 235HP to 450HP made a big difference in load capacity.  Most likely this aircraft was a duster at one time and has been restored to “two-holer” configuration. Today the Lyc. R680 is very popular with owners of the N3N because of good power (300HP), constant speed propeller, and spare parts.  R-760 parts are becoming expensive and difficult to find."

The correct engine should look like in the photo below:

General views:

Wings and fuselage:



Landing gear:


I hope you find these photos useful somehow. If you have any interesting information about the history of this aircraft, please drop me a line.

Rato Marczak © 2011