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This blog is for N3N lovers. Just launched it, so please stop by regularly to see newly added content.

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14 thoughts on “Open for business!

  1. dchapton

    Just found this through WIX. My Uncle owned N3N N1120 for almost 20 years and I flew it around 400hrs all over the northwest. I fly Niel Ring’s N3N N45261 currently. It has a Lycoming R680 300hp with a C/S prop. Perfect engine and prop combination for an N. Flew it today in fact to a fly in. I really like the N a lot more that the Stearman, just flies nicer. Great airplane.

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  2. David Jay Post author

    Welcome aboard.

    I am working on list (see the “Fleet” page) of existing aircraft. I am going to start with what I will call “complete” aircraft – that is – they don’t have to be airworthy, but they are intact.

    Then in a separate list I am also going to list last known information on “projects” – like the VineJet aircraft.

    According to airport-data, N1120 is Bureau #2613 with a R760 and valid airworthiness certificate, owner is out of NY state. Is that the information that you have? They also show N45261 as Bureau #4448 (and show the Lyc) with an owner address in ID

    David

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  3. dchapton

    That is correct for both. 1120 was bought surplus by Jack Tillman of Athena Oregon in around 1947. He had a bunch of N3N dusters but kept this one stock. He flew all of the Airmail CAM routes in it over the years he owned it. My uncle Gary Wolverton from Twin Falls Idaho bought it in 1986 and I flew it all over the northwest to various airshows. We had the N, my SNJ and A TBM Avenger at the time. He sold it in 2001 and it went to Odessa Texas and then to Gregg Molinioux in New York. I gave well over 200 rides in that airplane and flew it around 400hrs.
    45261 is owned by Niel Ring in Buhl Idaho. Was owned by Bill Farmer of Georgetown Texas for around 20 years. Bill flew it all over the US coast to coast with 6 trips to Oshkosh. Niel and I flew it back to Idaho and Niel flew it to Oshkosh last year so both are well traveled airplanes.

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  4. David Jay Post author

    Thanks for the update. More than anything, we appreciate all those who make the investments (time and treasure) to KEEP ‘EM FLYING

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  5. Randy Cook

    I opened this site and was pleasantly surprised that on the home page is the N3N that my Dad and I own! Love the site and anything I can do to help let me know. Randy Cook

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  6. David Jay Post author

    Randy:

    I don’t recall where I found it (obviously it was somewhere on the web), but it was perfect as a banner because of form factor (I could crop it “short” without losing the aircraft), the fall colors and the aircraft in motion – my goal for this project is to “Keep ’em Flying”.

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  7. Ken Sabel

    David,
    Awesome site! I recently retired from Naval Academy, vague memories of seeing the N3N flying off the Severn as a kid. Am working on a paper/article for a history class on the N3N use at the Academy. The color photo on your blog of an N3N taking off looks very much like it is on the Severn. I think that is the Naval Academy chapel in the background but not sure. Can you confirm that and if so do you have access to a high res copy of that which I could use in my paper? I may also submit the paper to the Naval History magazine for consideration, so I would need to have full rights to it. Not for profit, just academic publication. Thanks for any assist.

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  8. David Jay Post author

    Ken:

    Almost everything I have has come off of the net, I don’t “own” any of these aircraft photos.

    I understand wanting clear rights for your history paper – for my purposes “fair use” covers net graphics as this site is completely non-commercial.

    That famous “63” photo is credited as “By Howard Levy, courtesy John Voss” at the following link: http://www.airfields-freeman.com/MD/Airfields_MD_AnneArundelCo.html

    I do know that some of those old photos (notibly the Marine Corps “15” at Parris Island) are Library of Congress photos. I would try some googling of that connection. Also the “Air and Space” article (see Articles and Videos” page above) shows a USNA credited photo of launching an N3N.

    David

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    1. Ken Sabel

      David,
      Thanks so much. I was planning to search LoC and archives as well. Your blog is outstanding. For years I would see the N3N that was displayed in Dahlgren Hall at the Naval Academy (I worked there for nearly 30 years) and never thought much about it. Now that I’ve started researching it, I have become fascinated with it. There is a really great book, “Wings for the Navy” by William F. Trimble. It is a comprehensive history of the Philadelphia Naval Aircraft Factory where the N3N was designed and built. There is a ton of research in the book and a huge bibliography. Anyone interested in the N3N should probably have this book on their shelf. The ISBN is 0870216635 and it is available on Amazon.

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  9. David Jay Post author

    Ken:

    The Air and Space article is about the restoration of that very aircraft, Bureau #3022, (which now hangs in the Air and Space annex at Dulles – pic on the Museum page), with some anecdotes about cleaning hockey puck “skid marks” off of the aircraft.

    Did you like the photos at the link? The row of floatplanes on cradles is pretty cool.

    David

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    1. Ken Sabel

      David,
      The website you sent me to was priceless! Paul Freeman got me in touch with John Voss who has the original 8×10 color print. We are corresponding and arranging to get it scanned. The B&W photos were amazing. I was so excited over the color one that I had not even seen the others until after I wrote to him initially. I haven’t read the Air and Space article yet, but I will. I can totally believe the hockey puck skids! The plane hung right over the ice rink!

      Thanks Again

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  10. Jim Anderson

    The N3N shown on your web site with “222” on the side is my aircraft, N45222, bu no 2734. I’ve owned it since 1976 and restored it in 1979. It had been towing banners in Atlantic City.
    The model with wooden framing is also mine and the picture is several years old. It is fifth scale and was finished last year. I made drawing from the factory microfilm from Smithsonian. We will do the initial flight soon. Both aircraft were at Oshkosh 2011 on display in the Warbird area. I would be happy to send a photo.

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  11. David Jay Post author

    Jim:

    Thanks for your comment. I contacted you a few years ago about flying out (commercial) for a photo shoot of your aircraft with the goal of building an R/C model. Thanks for completing my memory for me.

    I would be delighted to have a photo or two of your 1/6 scale aircraft to post on the “RC Models” page.

    David

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