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Timm N2T-1 Tutor

On loan from the National Museum of the Marine Corps

Timm N2T-1 Tutor

Design/Development

The N2T-1 Tutor was one of the first plastic airplanes. Using the Aeromold process, wood veneer parts were molded together, bonded with plastic and baked. The surface then had a plastic paint applied. This process actually provided support for the rings, stringers, I-beam spar and ribs. It was inexpensive and faster than other construction processes.

Did You Know?

  • The pylon located between the cockpits is called a rollover pylon. It provided some protection from a crushed canopy in the event of a rollover accident.
  • The Tutor was very easy to handle. Large surface areas allowed it to land at only 54 mph.
  • The Tutor was designed in preparation of an aluminum shortage, which never developed. It was the right airplane at the wrong time-only about 260 were ever built.
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