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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:45 am 
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Absolutely Rob!! If you like crappy cell phone pics taken after sundown! He came in right after the sun went down.
I meant to post this one and not another rear cockpit one. Do you have any wartime pics of this serial no.

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Joe Scheil wrote:
Col. Rohr,

The N3N is a neat subject, and there is a lot of cool parts to it. Most notably to me the USN buying the rights to the R-760 and making USN engines themselves...

Small request...(not really)

IF you do a book on the N3N, why not a cradle to grave book of EVERY N3N, (only 997!) not just civilian registered aircraft? The attrition rate of military N3Ns is an important part, as would the small service history of each. See the P-61 Book by Kolln for a neat "template" of the P-61 Black Widow service histories for each aircraft.

The N3N survives in good numbers and many projects do have remnants of civilian numbers. However there may be many "spare" parts and fuselages that could be traced by build number in your research to other airframes and a book that is THE LAST WORD would be welcome.

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Rob contacted me a while back on this wanting help. Not about to hand over 30 years of work. Been researching the N3N all my life as we have one going on 53 years now. Eventually it WILL be some sort of book on the development, life in both military service and civilian and will be a registry as I still am trying to, yes account for all of them.

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If it gets daunting, Jeff, just think of Geoff Goodall (thousands of civilian and Warbird histories) or Dave Osborne (12,000-some B-17s)... :shock: 997 won't seem so bad, right? :D

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Chris Brame wrote:
If it gets daunting, Jeff, just think of Geoff Goodall (thousands of civilian and Warbird histories) or Dave Osborne (12,000-some B-17s)... :shock: 997 won't seem so bad, right? :D


Nope not daunting but exciting and fun. Known the type all my life so for
me it’s easy and relaxing. It just takes some time. It’s fun to find an old pile of metal and then refer to other pictures in the file to find a wartime photo of the same airplane or even an active duster.

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