The North American NA-50
Only 7 NA-50 were ever produced and they were sold to Perú. The P-68 was a variant of the NA-50. The 7 North American NA-50 were delivered to Perú in 1939. In 1941 four of them participated in the war against the Republic of Ecuador. One of these planes was used by Captain José Quiñones to destroy a group of anti-aircraft guns by crashing his plane against the enemy installations.
One original NA-50 stills survives in Perú and it stands next to the Mausoleum of Captain José Quiñones.
Serial Numbers: 50-948 to 50-954. The registry numbers assigned by the Cuerpo Aeronáutico of Perú: XXI-41-1 to XXI-41-7. The NA-50 were in operation in Perú until 1950.
The picture to the right shows the last survivor of the NA-50 on display at the Air Force base of “Las Palmas” in Lima, Peru. Photo courtesy of Sergio de la Puente.
The Model Kit
The North American NA-50 in service with the “Cuerpo Aeronautico del Peru” – Peruvian Air Force, extended landing gear, metallic finish.
Peruvian Flag (Red and white) on the rudder. Airplane serial number followed by the Aerial Group Number in black text over a red triangle. Peruvian Air Force insignia on top of the right wing and under the left wing. Drawing of an archer on the left and right side of the cowling.
The Reference Material
The diagram below shows three views of the NA-50. One of the first fighters with retractible landing gear.
The black & white picture shown below was obtained from the Aero-Photography Service of the Peruvian Air Force, shows a North American AT-6 at the Air Force base of “Las Palmas” in Lima, Peru. The airplane shows its full metallic finish and the insignias of the Peruvian Air Force.
The North American NA-50 – General Specifications
Length: 27 ft (8.23 m)
Wingspan: 37 ft 3 in (11.35 m)
Height: 19 ft 8 in (5.99 m)
Wing area: 227 ft² (21.1 m²)
Empty weight: 4,660 lb (2,114 kg)
Loaded weight: 5,990 lb (2,717 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 6,800 lb (3,080 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Wright R-1820-77 radial engine, 870 hp (649 kW)
Maximum speed: 270 mph (435 km/h) at 8,700 ft (2,650 m)
Range: 965 mi (1,550 km)
Service ceiling: 27,500 ft (8,400 m)
Wing loading: 26 lb/ft² (129 kg/m²)
Power/mass: 0.13 hp/lb (0.21 kW/kg)
2 × .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns
2 × 20 mm cannons
Up to 400 lb (180 kg) of bombs