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Northrop aircraft: books - history and technology

A book on Northrop aircraft? Explore here our selection of illustrated books on the history, models and technology of Northrop aircraft.

The Northrop Story, 1929-1939

From flying wings to polar explorers, from air racers to air liners, here is the full story of the single-engine airplanes designed and constructed by Jack Northrop during aviations golden age.

Author:Richard Sanders Allen
Specs:178 pages, 29 x 22 x 1.7 cm / 11.4 x 8.7 x 0.67 in, hardback
Illustrations:150 b&w photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
Book: The Northrop Story, 1929-1939

The Northrop Story, 1929-1939

Language: English

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P-61 Black Widow: Northrop Night Fighter in WWII (Legends of Warfare)

The striking P-61 Black Widow was the first purpose-built American night fighter. Designed by Jack Northrop and Vladimir Pavlecka, the P-61's menacing appearance was matched by the plane's advanced technology and fearsome weaponry.
Interestingly, the Widow is credited with the final aerial kill of the war.

This book tells the story of the Black Widow from the experimental XP-61 on through the final production variant, the F-15A, through black-and-white photos and vintage color photos, augmented by four color profiles and detailed line drawings.

Author:David Doyle
Specs:112 pages, 22 x 24 x 2.5 cm / 8.7 x 9 x 0.98 in, hardback
Illustrations:230 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2022)
Series:Legends of Warfare
Book: P-61 Black Widow: Northrop Night Fighter in WWII (Legends of Warfare)

P-61 Black Widow: Northrop Night Fighter in WWII

Language: English

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Northrop P-61 Black Widow - Pilot's Flight Operation Instructions

The heavily armed P-61 Black Widow was the U.S. Army Air Force's first dedicated night fighter. Equipped with radar, four .50 caliber machine guns and four 20mm. cannons, the Widow was a fearsome adversary. It flew as both an intruder and interceptor in Europe and the Pacific.

Originally printed by Northrop in 1945, the P-61 Pilot's Flight Operating Manual taught pilots everything they needed to know before entering the cockpit.

Originally classified "Restricted", the manual was declassified long ago and is here reprinted in book form. This affordable facsimile has been reformatted, and color images appear as black and white. Care has been taken however to preserve the integrity of the text.

Author:Periscope Film.com
Specs:94 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 0.4 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.16 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Periscope Film (USA, 2006)
Series:Pilot's Flight Operation Instructions
Book: Northrop P-61 Black Widow - Pilot's Flight Operation Instructions

Northrop P-61 Black Widow

Language: English

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P-61 Black Widow Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

The first aircraft to be purposely designed as a radar-equipped nightfigher, Northrop's P-61 Black Widow was heavily influenced by early RAF combat experience with radar-equipped aircraft in 1940/41. Built essentially around the bulky Radiation Laboratory SCR-720 radar, which was mounted in the aircraft's nose, the P-61 proved to be the largest fighter ever produced for frontline service by the USAAF.

Twin-engined and twin-boomed, the Black Widow was armed with a dorsal barbette of four 0.50-in Browning machine guns and two ventrally-mounted 20 mm cannon.
This volume features all the frontline users of the mighty P-61, and includes many first-hand accounts from pilots and gunners who saw action in the Pacific, Mediterranean and Western Europe.

Contents: Prelude to Combat - European Theatre - Mediterranean Theatre - Pacific Theatre - China - Burma - India Theatre - Appendices.

Author:Warren Thompson
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.9 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 1998)
Series:Combat Aircraft (8)
Book: P-61 Black Widow Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

P-61 Black Widow Units of World War 2

Language: English

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Northrop F-89 Scorpion : A Photo Chronicle

Detailed developmental and operational history of the first USAF dedicated all-weather, jet-powered interceptor. It also features the colorful paint schemes applied to F-89s, which should appeal to both modelers and historians.

Author:Marty Isham, David R. McLaren
Specs:128 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 1 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.39 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
Book: Northrop F-89 Scorpion : A Photo Chronicle

Northrop F-89 Scorpion : A Photo Chronicle

Language: English

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Northrop's YF-17 Cobra : A Pictorial History

The Northrop YF-17 holds a special place in aircraft history. The YF-17 was one of the two prototypes tested in the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Fighter competition, a program which attempted to reverse the trend of increasing cost and complexity of new fighter aircraft, and which resulted in the selection and manufacture of the F-16 as the next generation free world fighter.

Even though the YF-17 lost the USAF competition, it was the prototype for the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 aircraft. This work tells the story.

Author:Don R. Logan
Specs:64 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 0.7 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:profusely illustrated
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2004)
Book: Northrop's YF-17 Cobra : A Pictorial History

Northrop's YF-17 Cobra : A Pictorial History

Language: English

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Northrop YF-23A Flight Manual

This manual (reprint) contains the necessary information for safe and efficent operation of the YF-23A flight test prototype aircraft. These instructions provide a general knowledge of the aircraft and specific normal and emergency operating procedures.
Your experience is recognized; therefore, basic flight principles and detailed description and operation of systems common to all other aircraft are avoided. This manual provides the best possible operating instructions under most circumstances but is not a substitute for sound judgement. Multiple emergencies, adverse weather, terrain, etc., may require modification of the procedures.

This publication is intended for use by an experienced and qualified pilot assigned to the YF-23A Flight Test Program. Flight and operating limitations included herein can be supplemented and/or superseded by Supplemental Flight and Operating Limitations, published under separate cover by Northrop System Safety (Orgn. 3891/89.) The Manual is divide into seven fairly independent sections to simplify reading straight through or using as a reference manual.

Author:United States Air Force Academy
Specs:210 pages, 28 x 21 x 1.2 cm / 11 x 8.25 x 0.47 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 b&w photographs, 100 drawings
Publisher:Ross & Perry (USA, 2001)
Book: Northrop YF-23A Flight Manual

Northrop YF-23A Flight Manual

Language: English

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[WBT] Northrop F-5 / F-20 / T-38

Northrop F-5 / F-20 / T-38

Frederick a Johnson

English | paperback | 108 p. | 2006

Northrop F-5E & F-5F Tiger II

Northrop F-5E & F-5F Tiger II

Alexandre Guedes

English | hardback | 48 p. | 2017

Northrop's T-38 Talon : A Pictorial History

Northrop's T-38 Talon : A Pictorial History

Don R. Logan

English | paperback | 152 p. | 2004

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