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Naval Aircraft Factory

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Fantastic Machines : Naval Aircraft Factory N3N Canary

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PBN Nomad NAF Naval Aircraft Factory Philadelphia

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Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 Landing at Muskoka Airport (CYQA), Ontario, Canada.

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Time-Lapse Video: Building a Navy Aircraft Carrier

The Naval Aircraft Factory (NAF) was established by the United States Navy in 1918 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was created to help solve aircraft supply issues which faced the Navy Department upon the entry of the U.S. into World War I. The US Army’s requirements for an enormous quantity of airplanes created a decided lack of interest among aircraft manufacturers in the Navy's requirements for a comparatively small quantity of aircraft. The Navy Department concluded that it was necessary to build a Navy-owned aircraft factory in order to assure a part of its aircraft supply; to obtain cost data for the department’s guidance in its dealings with private manufacturers; and to have under its own control a factory capable of producing experimental designs.
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