After being earth-bound for 60 years and after more than 15 years of restoration work, “Doc” flew again on July 17th. What a triumph!
First flight video here: http://www.b-29doc.com/2016/07/18/video-first-flight-success/
It is rumored that she will be at Oshkosh this year.
UPDATE: FOUR EMPTY SPOTS ON THE N3N FLIGHT-LINE!
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.
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:
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).
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.
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:
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”.
I have always wondered why we don’t see any N3N-1 aircraft. The only intact N3N-1 is in the country of Chile (South America), shown in this photo:
I am only aware of one existing N3N-1 (partial) airframe in the United States.
The N3N-3 has a survival rate of about 20%. With a production run of 180 aircraft, how come so few N3N-1 aircraft survive? If they survived at the same rate as the N3N-3 there ought to be a couple of dozen out there.
Like the discussions in the recent post about the BT-13, a major part of the answer lies in the commercial aspects. In a recent phone call, Ken Burnham gave the most important clue – the CAA (Civil Aeronautics Administration, the predecessor to the FAA) never type certified the N3N-1. So there were never any standard category N3N-1 airworthiness certificates issued.
It is hard to find documentation on CAA regulations. I wonder if the restricted category (Agricultural) required conversion from an aircraft with a standard category aircraft? If so, then perhaps there were no legal N3N-1 agricultural aircraft. Or else the process was so burdensome that few bothered to jump through the paperwork hoops. I have heard rumors of an operator in Mississippi who was flying an N3N-1 as agricultural aircraft, but I have seen no documentation.
Anyone have additional information on N3N-1 ag operations?