Airline Expansion and Innovation (1927 - 1941)

Northrop Alpha

Introduced in 1930, the Northrop Alpha represents a transitional air transport design, a blend of old and new aircraft technology. It could carry six passengers in a snug, comfortable cabin, but the pilot remained exposed to the elements. The aircraft was all metal and streamlined, but had fixed landing gear and only one engine. <\br>Gift of the Experimental Aircraft Association and Trans World Airlines

Image number 80-2100
Credit: Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

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