The North American NA-16 was the first trainer developed and produced by North American Aviation and pioneered the line of trainer aircraft of the manufacturing company. In April 1935, the aircraft first flew and served in the United States Army Air Corps, as well as the Royal Austrian Air Force, Swedish Air Force, and French Air Force.

North American Aviation NAA
United States
1935 to: 1939
1x Wright R-975 Whirlwind
400 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
150 knots
278 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
53 knots
Travel range:
610 Nautical Miles
1,130 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
21,500 feet
Rate of Climb:
1800 feet / minute
9.14metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
2,300 Kg
5,071 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
200 Kg
441 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
100 gallon
379 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
2 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
8.41 metre - 27.59 feet
Tail height:
3.58 metre - 11.75 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.2 metre - 3.94 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
13 metre - 42.65 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

On December 10, 1934, the NA-16 specification was designed by James Howard Dutch Kindelberger, John L. Lee Atwood, and H.R. Raynor of the North American Aviation. A primary feature was an enclosed canopy. On April 1, 1935, the NA-16 operated by Eddie Allen took to the air for the first time. On May 27, 1935, an enclosed version of the cockpit was presented to the United States Army Air Corps for performance testing as a basic trainer. The NA-16 was produced from 1935 to 1939 with a total number of 1,935 aircraft built.

The NA-16 has an external length of  8.41 meters, an external height of 2.85 meters, and a fuselage diameter of 1.2 meters. The original fuselage was fabric-covered and of steel tubes, before later models featured aluminum monocoque construction.

The aircraft is a low-wing monoplane with a tandem configuration. Aircraft versions vary from having an open cockpit to being glass-covered. It has a wingspan of 13 meters, a tail height of 3.58 meters, and a wheelbase of 5.7 meters. The empty weight is 1,396 kg and the maximum takeoff weight is 2,300 kg. It has a maximum payload of 200 kg and a fuel tank capacity of 100 US gal.

The aircraft could be powered by different air-cooled radial engines such as the Wright Whirlwind, Pratt and Whitney Wasp, and Pratt and Whitney Wasp Junior with different horsepowers depending on the need of the customer. The Wright R-975 Whirlwind is a nine-cylinder supercharged air-cooled radial piston engine rated at 400 horsepower thrust and drives a two-bladed Hamilton standard propeller. It has two valves per cylinder, pushrod-actuated, gear-driven supercharger, and direct drive reduction gear.

The NA-16 has a maximum speed of 150 knots and a travel range of 610 nautical miles. It can fly up to 21,500 feet and can climb at a rate of 1,800 feet per minute.


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