The A-17 was an American, ground-attack aircraft used by the US Army Air Corps from 1935 to 1944. In service with the United States, it did not see combat action during the World War II as it was employed only for coast surveillance and as a trainer. Purchased by the Netherlands, the A-17 was used in combat by the Dutch Air Force, but as a fighter, with all 18 of them being wiped out of the sky by the German Luftwaffe in 1940. It was also acquired by Sweden, South Africa, Canada and other countries. Produced by Northrop, it had been developed from the Gamma cargo plane.

The A-17 was a single-engined aircraft, fitted with low wings, which were straight and broad, with split perforated flaps. It had fixed landing gear and an all-metal fuselage. It was powered by one Pratt & Whitney R-1535-11, twin wasp, radial engine, which developed 750 horsepower. The Northrop A-17 was armed with four, forward-firing 7.62mm M919 Browning machine guns and one rear-firing 7.62mm machine gun operated by gunner in back seat. This ground-attack aircraft could carry up to 600 kg of bombs.

Specifications

Type: ground-attack aircraft

Wingspan: 47 ft 8 in (14.5 m)

Length: 31 ft 8 in (9.7 m)

Height: 11 ft 10 in (3.6 m)

Maximum speed: 206 mph (332 km/h)

Range: 650 miles (1,046 km)

Ceiling: 19,400 ft (5,900 m)

Crew: two (pilot and gunner)

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