In the early 1930s a USAAC specification for an attack aircraft led to the development of the Northrop A-17, which was produced between 1935 and 1937. In 1939 Douglas decided to develop the Northrop design for export to foriegn nations, and identified the new version as the Model 8A. The 8A was similar to the A-17, but had a more powerful engine and a retractable tail wheel. In early 1942 a batch of 31 Model 8As intended for Peru were commandeered by the U.S. Army, and given the designation A-33. All of these aircraft were used for training purposes.
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(updated February 2009)
Type: two-seat attack aircraft Crew: 2 Armament: four .30 inch machine guns in the wings two .30 inch machine guns in rear cockpit up to 1,800 lbs. of bombs Specifications: Length: 32' 5" (9.88 m) Height: 9' 9" (2.97 m) Wingspan: 47' 8.75" (14.55 m) Wing area: 363 sq. ft (33.72 sq. m) Empty Weight: 5370 lb (2436 kg) Max Weight: 8949 lb (4059 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Wright GR-1820-G205A Cyclone 9 Horsepower: 1200 hp Performance: Range: 910 miles (1464 km) Cruise Speed: 200 mph ( 322 km/h) Max Speed: 265 mph ( 426 km/h) at 9000 ft Ceiling: 32000 ft (9755 m)
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