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Northrop Corporation Airplanes and Aircrafts

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List of all Northrop Corporation airplanes and aircraft types, with images, specs, and other information. These active and retired Northrop Corporation planes are listed in alphabetical order, but if you're looking for a particular aircraft you can look for it using the "search" bar. The Northrop Corporation aircrafts on this list include all planes, jets, helicopters, and other flying vehicles ever made by Northrop Corporation. Unless you're an aviation expert you probably can't think of every aircraft made by Northrop Corporation, so use this list to find a few popular Northrop Corporation planes and helicopters that have been used a lot in the course of history.

These aircraft, like Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit and Northrop F-5 include images when available.

This list answers the question, "What aircrafts are made by Northrop Corporation?
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    The X-53 Active Aeroelastic Wing development program is a completed research project that was undertaken jointly by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing Phantom Works and NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, where the technology was flight tested on a modified McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. Active Aeroelastic Wing Technology is a technology that integrates wing aerodynamics, controls, and structure to harness and control wing aeroelastic twist at high speeds and dynamic pressures. By using multiple leading and trailing edge controls like "aerodynamic tabs", subtle amounts of aeroelastic twist can be controlled to provide large amounts of wing control power, while minimizing maneuver...  more
    • Manufacturer: Northrop Corporation, McDonnell Douglas
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    The Northrop B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a blended wing body design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as eighty 500 lb-class JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only known aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration. Development originally started under the "Advanced Technology Bomber" project during the Carter administration, and its performance was one of his reasons...  more
    • Type: Stealth bomber
    • Manufacturer: Northrop Corporation, Northrop Grumman
    • Introduced: Apr 01 1997
    • Length (m): 21.0
    • Wingspan (m): 52.4
    • Engine Type: General Electric F118
    • Accidents: Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Guam 2008 crash
    • Maiden Flight: Jul 17 1989
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    Northrop F-20 Tigershark

    The Northrop F-20 Tigershark was a privately financed light fighter, designed and built by Northrop. Its development began in 1975 as a further evolution of Northrop's F-5E Tiger II, featuring a new engine that greatly improved overall performance, and a modern avionics suite including a powerful and flexible radar. Compared with the F-5E, the F-20 was much faster, gained beyond-visual-range air-to-air capability, and had a full suite of air-to-ground modes capable of firing most U.S. weapons. With these improved capabilities, the F-20 became competitive with contemporary fighter designs such as the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon, but was much less expensive to purchase and...  more
    • Type: Fighter aircraft
    • Manufacturer: Northrop Corporation
    • Length (m): 14.43
    • Wingspan (m): 8.53
    • Engine Type: General Electric F404
    • Maiden Flight: Aug 30 1982
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    The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E/F Tiger II are part of a supersonic light fighter family, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. Being smaller and simpler than contemporaries such as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the F-5 cost less to both procure and operate, making it a popular export aircraft. The F-5 started life as a privately funded light fighter program by Northrop in the 1950s. The design team wrapped a small, highly aerodynamic fighter around two compact and high-thrust General Electric J85 engines, focusing on performance and low cost of maintenance. Though primarily designed for the day air superiority role, the aircraft is also a...  more
    • Type: Fighter-bomber, Fighter aircraft, Ground attack aircraft
    • Manufacturer: Northrop Corporation
    • Introduced: Jan 01 1962
    • Designer: Northrop Corporation, Edgar Schmued
    • Length (m): 14.45
    • Wingspan (m): 8.13
    • Accidents: 2007 Hukou F-5F crash
    • Maiden Flight: Jul 30 1959