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Northrop Beta


In 1931 Northrop built the prototype of an all-metal low-wing sporting monoplane, the Beta, a two-seater with a 119kW Menasco Buccaneer inline engine.

It was converted to single-seat high-speed mailplane configuration in 1933 and fitted with a 300 hp / 224kW Wright Whirlwind radial engine, in which form it became the first aircraft of such power to exceed 200mph / 322km/h.



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