Northrop Gamma

Utility Aircraft

Northrop 2B Gamma, NR12269, c/n 2, National Air and Space Museum (DC) © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Northrop Gamma is a single-engine single-seat utility aircraft produced by the American manufacturer Northrop Corporation, at that time a subsidiary of Douglas Aircraft Corp.
It was used as an experimental aircraft, for record breaking flights and as a mail plane. It was also used as a light bomber and attack aircraft by Chinese forces. It was also license built in China. One Gamma 2B was called the Polar Star. It was used for a flight across the Antarctic for which the wheel landing gear was replaced by skis.
Crew1
Propulsion1 Radial Engine
Engine ModelWright SGR-1820F3 Cyclone
Engine Power529 kW710 hp
Speed400 km/h216 kts
  249 mph
Service Ceiling7.132 m23.400 ft
Range4.023 km2.172 NM
2.499 mi.
Empty Weight1.588 kg3.501 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight3.175 kg7.000 lbs
Wing Span14,63 m47 ft 12 in
Wing Area33,7 m363 ft
Length9,07 m29 ft 9 in
Height2,74 m8 ft 12 in
First Flight08/1932
Production Statusout of production
Production Range1932-1937
Total Production61
Data for (Version)Northrop Gamma

[Photo-ID: 10172] Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Northrop 2B Gamma, , NR12269, c/n 2, Karsten Palt, 2014Northrop
2B Gamma
Reg.: NR12269
c/n: 2
 
Polar Star, last existing Northrop Gamma
National Air and Space Museum [Washington, DC]
[Photo-ID: 10173] Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Northrop 2B Gamma, , NR12269, c/n 2, Karsten Palt, 2014Northrop
2B Gamma
Reg.: NR12269
c/n: 2
 
Polar Star, last existing Northrop Gamma
National Air and Space Museum [Washington, DC]