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Welcome to The N3N Blog!

Welcome to the world of the N3N. If this is your first visit, check out the “ABOUT” page (above) to learn about the Naval Aircraft Factory N3N aircraft (and the blog name). Other popular pages are the “FLEET” page showing all the intact aircraft (over 75 80 85 90 95) that I have located thus far and we are continually adding content to the historic photos pages. (This post is a “sticky”, it will stay as the top post. New posts will appear below, newest first.)

Airventure 2015 (Oshkosh)

I spent 3 days at Oshkosh last week. Had a great time and saw lots of aircraft, including this personal favorite:
Mossie at OSH
The aircraft is from the Fighter Factory in Virginia Beach. I talked to the owner, he now displays his N3N on floats. If anyone has a picture of the aircraft on floats I would like to update my museum page.

I talked with several owners, including Dennis, Matt, Brad, Jim and of course Ron. Those of you who said you were coming and didn’t make it missed a great time. The weather was nearly perfect: low 80s most days and plenty of sun.

We had a place in Warbirds for the 80th Anniversary. Here is a photo of #1926 (foreground) #3033 (background) in the late afternoon sun (photo: owner Scott):

3033 OSH 1

Here is owner Brad working on some fabric skills in Ron Kempka’s area:

Brad flies Fabric One


Jim’s aircraft (1926) looks mighty lonely out here…

I talked to Flightline Lead today. They are expecting 5-6 aircraft for the N3N row.

They also would like to feature an ‘N’ one day at training command. I nominate #2896.


Aircraft Restoration: F-AZNF

The organization that owns F-AZNF has been in contact. F-ANZF is BuNo 2909, the former F-WNZF, OO-JUS(Belgian registration) and N45172.

We provided some information on more authentic paint schemes for them to consider. The most recent color scheme shown here:
2909 F-AZNF
You can follow their restoration effort on their website: http://www.ajbs.fr/le-n3n-se-refait-une-beaute-a-darois/ (the website is written in French, but the photos are multi-lingual).

N3N Owners Association – Members Area is up and running

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The members area of the N3N Owners and Restorers Association website is operational!
The members area has the following resources:
– A news feed to keep up with everything going on with the fleet
– An library of drawings, manuals and old (print) newsletters
– A For Sale / Wanted board
The website is: n3nowners.org
All past members are invited to join the members area (for free!). Use the “Contact Us” email address on the n3nowners.org for access information.

PERIL UP! N9611 (2930)

I mentioned this aircraft a few months ago.  She was earthbound for 33 years (in a cozy hanger) at Camarillo Airport.  On April 12 she flew from KCMA to her new home at KCNO.

The owner’s good friend Ryan was the one who coordinated the effort to get this lady back in the air.  The good folks at Victory Aero Tech performed a lot of the work (and their pilot flew the aircraft).

Here are a photo of her all cleaned up and ready for the flight:

Revised “N3N Owners” website is up

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The N3N Owners and Restorers Association website had not been updated for 6 years. The website has been given a complete makeover and the public area is up and running, check it out at n3nowners.org

The “Members Only” area is under construction and should be up within a month or two. I will post an announcement when the members area goes “live”.