North American AJ (A-2) Savage

Naval Bomber / Tanker

North American AJ-2 Savage © Gary Chambers
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The North American AJ Savage is a three-engine carrier-based bomber aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer North American Aviation, operated by the US Navy. The AJ-1 and AJ-2 Savage was redesignated A-2 Savage in 1962. The AJ Savage was also used as a aereal refueling tanker aircraft.
The AJ Savage is powered by two radial-engines and a single rear-mounted turbojet engine. The AJ-2P was a photo-reconnaissance variant (30 built).
Propulsion2 Radial Engines
Engine ModelPratt & Whitney R-2800-44W Double Wasp
Engine Power (each)1790 kW2400 hp
additonal engines1 Turbojet Allison J33-A-1 (20 kN / 4496 lbf)
Speed757 km/h409 kts
  471 mph
Service Ceiling13.106 m43.000 ft
Range2.622 km1.416 NM
1.630 mi.
Empty Weight12.500 kg27.558 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight23.980 kg52.867 lbs
Wing Span21,80 m71 ft 6 in
Wing Area78,0 m840 ft
Length19,20 m62 ft 12 in
Height6,20 m20 ft 4 in
First Flight03.07.1948
Production Statusout of production
Total Production>140
Data for (Version)North American AJ-1 (A-2A) Savage
VariantsAJ-1 / A-2A, AJ-2 / A-2B, AJ-2P