Images & Observations

N3N Trainer

Nikon D7000 10–24mm @ 22mm ISO 2500 1/6 f/18 Lr4; PsCS6

A United States Navy N3N Canary training biplane in the collection of the Palm Springs Air Museum.   This aircraft was manufactured by the U.S. Navy, from Wikipedia:

The N.A.F. delivered 997 N3N aircraft beginning in 1935. They included 180 N3N-1s and 816 N3N-3s. Four N3N-3s were delivered to the United States Coast Guard in 1941. Production ended in January 1942 but the type remained in use through the rest of World War II. The N3N was the last biplane in US military service – the last (used by the U.S. Naval Academy for aviation familiarization) were retired in 1961. The N3N was also unique in that it was an aircraft designed and manufactured by an aviation firm wholly owned and operated by the U.S. government (the Navy, in this case) as opposed to private industry. For this, the Navy bought the rights and the tooling for the Wright R-760 series engine and produced their own engines. These Navy built engines were installed on Navy built airframes. A Navy N3N was used as a crop sprayer in Alfred Hitchcock’s film North by Northwest though after impact with the fuel tanker the wreckage is seen to be a Boeing Stearman.

Prints of this and other aircraft are available here: .

4 responses

  1. I like the treatment on this Wayne. Very nicely done.

    July 15, 2012 at 8:56 AM

  2. nice isolation effect.

    July 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM

  3. Thanks, Edith and Sheila. The lighting was pretty bad in there, so it was a bit of a challenge to make a decent final image.

    July 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

  4. Wayne:

    That is a nice bit of creative work. Just one problem – the subject in your photo is NOT a Navy N3N, it is a Boeing (Stearman) N2S. Completely different aircraft.

    For reference, see:

    All the best,
    David Jay

    October 21, 2013 at 9:08 AM

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