No. 9340. Northrop Gamma 2F A-17AS (36-350) US Army Air Corps
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Northrop Gamma 2F A-17AS

10/31/2009. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Two aircraft of this three-seat unarmed high-speed command transport variant of the A-17, designated A-17AS (s/n 36-349 c/n 289 and 36-350), were ordered on March 20, 1936.

36-349, powered by a 600 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp R-1340-41 nine-cylinder, air-cooled radial engine driving a three-bladed propeller, was delivered on July 17, 1936. It was used as personal transport by the Chief of the Army Air Corps, Major General Oscar Westover. General Westover and his mechanic Staff Sergeant Samuel Hymes were killed in this aircraft in a crash at Burbank, California, USA, on September 21, 1938.

36-350, powered by a 600 hp geared R-1340-45 radial driving a two-bladed propeller, was used as a personal transport by Brigadier General Henry H. 'Hap' Arnold. On March 2, 1940, this aircraft was also lost in a mishap.

To honor General Westover, Northeast Air Base in Massachusetts was renamed Westover Field on December 1, 1939, presently it is known as Westover Air Reserve Base."

Created October 31, 2009