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A-27
Two A-27s of the 17th Pursuit Squadron at Nichols Field, Philippines, in 1941.
Role Ground attack
Manufacturer North American Aviation
Primary user United States Army Air Corps
Number built 10
Developed from North American BC-1

The North American Aviation A-27 was an attack version of the North American BC-1. Ten aircraft were ordered by Thailand as NA-69 light attack aircraft.[1]

Instead of being delivered to Thailand, the aircraft were taken over on October 1940 by the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) to keep them out of Japanese hands and redesignated A-27 under the USAAC's aircraft designation system. Assigned to Nichols Field in the Philippines, all A-27s were destroyed within days of Japan's invasion of that country during World War II. Aircraft s/n: 41-18890 / 41-18899 (c/n: 69-3064 / 69-3073).[2]

Operators[edit | edit source]

 United States

Specifications (A-27)[edit | edit source]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 2
  • Length: 29 ft 0 in (8.84 m)
  • Wingspan: 42 ft 0 in (12.8 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 2 in (3.71 m)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 6,730 lb (3053 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1820 Radial, 785 hp (585 Kw)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 250 mph (402 km/h)
  • Range: 800 miles (1287.5 km)
  • Service ceiling: 28,000 ft (8534.4 m)

Armament

  • 2 x nose-mounted 7.62 mm machine guns
  • 1 x rear-mounted 7.62 machine gun
  • 4 x 100lb bombs on underwing racks

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