Family tree of Jack NORTHROP

Inventor, Industrialist, Businessman

AmericanBorn John Knudsen NORTHROP

American aircraft industrialist and designer, who founded the Northrop Corporation

Born on November 10, 1895 in Newark, New Jersey, USA , United States

Died on February 19, 1981 in Santa Barbara, California, USA

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Born in Newark, New Jersey, Northrop grew up in Santa Barbara, California.

In 1916 Northrop's first job in aviation was in working as a draftsman for Loughead Aircraft Manufacturing Company, founded in 1912 by the Lockheed brothers Allan Haines Loughead and Malcolm Loughead. In 1923, Northrop joined Douglas Aircraft Company, participating in the design of the Douglas Round-the-World-Cruiser and working up to project engineer. In early 1927 Northrop assisted Jack Ryan of Ryan Aircraft in the larger wing design used on Lindbergs plane "The Sprit of St Louis" that would later make the New York to Paris flight in May 1927. In 1927 he rejoined the Lockheed brothers and their new (1926) Lockheed Corporation, working as chief engineer on the Lockheed Vega, the civilian transport monoplane with a cantilever wing that produced unusually high performance for that period, and was widely used by such top pilots as Wiley Post, Amelia Earhart, and Hubert Wilkins. In 1929 he produced an all-metal monoplane with pilot and engine within the wing structure. Although this aircraft had booms to attach the tail group, it was in fact the first step toward the flying wing.


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