Welcome to the official JACK FRYE - AVIATION PIONEER blog. Mr. Frye was the legendary President of Aero Corp of California, Standard Airlines and Transcontinental & Western Air known today as TWA. Here you will enjoy many photographs, articles and history of this great 'Airline Pioneer' who blazed the very first western United States trails in Transcontinental passenger and cargo transportation. Enjoy your flight as we explore one of America's aviation icons.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Northrop ALPHA 2D
Transcontinental & Western Air was the launch customer and ordered 5 Alpha 2D versions. These aircraft began services on April 20, 1931 from San Francisco to New York with 13 intermediate stops. The entire trip took just over 23 hours.
The Alpha had a multi cellular wing of stressed skin construction. New aerodynamic wing fillets and other cutting edge design features were installed on this aircraft. It was also first commercial type to be equipped with rubber deicer boots. A total of 17 Alphas were produced by Northrop.
TWA serial number 8, 1931
This photo shows the side entrance and forward passenger
compartment of the Alpha
Alpha 2D, NC947V with early Transcontinental & Western Air
markings on the fuselage.
A nice view of the Northrop Alpha 2D, NC11Y after restoration. For a complete history of this airplane please click this link.
Dimensions: Wingspan: 13.4 m (41 ft 10 in)
Length: 8.7 m (28 ft 5 in)
Height: 2.7 m (9 ft)
Weight, gross: 2,043 kg (4,500 lb)
Weight, empty: 1,208 kg (2,660 lb)
Top speed: 272 km/h (170 mph)