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Nakajima J1N Gekko

The J1N is characterised by a slender fuselage with a heavily framed tandem canopy popping out. Some versions, not the one shown, have two turrets aft of this canopy. The nacelles of the radial piston engines are mostly below the wings. Single wheel main landing gears retract rearward in them. The clean wings and stabilisers all have rounded tips. 

Nakajima Ki-43

The Japanese land-based counterpart of the famous Mitsubishi A6M Zero has a similar appearance. It has a narrower, but still framed bubble canopy. Typical are the long, narrow main landing gear legs, retracting inward in the wings. The wheels are on the outside of the struts. Only the struts are covered by gear doors, not the wheels.

NAL Asuka

The Asuka can be described as a Kawasaki C-1, from which it was indeed derived, with four engines on top of the wings, in the style of the Antonov An-72. The four wheel main gear is attached to the fuselage. It is a one-off research aircraft.

The first Japanese passenger aircraft developed after World War II is similar in appearance as in particular the Hawker-Siddeley 748, but also the British Aerospace ATP. The differences are in the details so look at the photos!

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N

Lesser known than Stearman the N3N was a basic trainer in WW2 as well. Typical recognition points are a cruciform tail, with the horizontal stabilisers placed close to the fuselage though, and the nose being curved inward just behind the uncovered radial piston engine.  

Neiva N-591

This Brazilian look-a-like of the Cessna 172 has a shorter fuselage than its more famous competitor; especially the part aft of the cabin is shorter. The N-591 also has a taller, less swept vertical stabiliser.

Neiva N-621 Universal

Brazil’s primary training aircraft has a wide canopy with multiple frames under which pilot and instructor sit next to each other. The aircraft has a trapezium vertical fin that is about as wide as it is tall. Typical is the spoon shaped nose gear door.

Noorduyn Norseman

The Norseman has a welded steel tube fuselage covered with fabric, which is especially visible on the rear fuselage. This makes it distinguishable from other bush planes like the smaller DHC-2 Beaver and DHC-3 Otter, both all metal planes. Also typical is the cabin window in the door, placed lower than the other cabin windows. Most Norsemen are fitted with floats instead of wheels.

Nord Noratlas

The French Noratlas has the same basic configuration as the Fairchild Packet and Flying Boxcar. Recognition points are the round nose, with cockpit windows close to the front, long dorsal fins and squared off tops of the vertical stabilisers. The large, single wheel main landing gear is also typical.

North American A3J/A-5 Vigilante

The Vigilante is one of the largest jet fighters/bombers that have ever operated regularly from aircraft carriers. It is also the first American fighter to use the air intakes which are diagonal when viewed from the side. This type was later used on e.g. the F-14 and F-15. The A-5 has a single vertical stabiliser though.