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YC-125 Raider

The Northrop YC-125 Raider was a tri-engined STOL transport aircraft used by the United States Air Force.


The Raider was developed from the N-23 Pioneer, and earlier design of Northrop's whose prototype crashed in 1947. It first flew on August 1st, 1949, and entered service the following year. However, the YC-125 had a relatively short service life, due to it being underpowered. All were retired by 1955, with only 23 built.


  • N-23 Pioneer: A prototype of a three-engined STOL aircraft, only one was built
  • N-23 Raider: Military version of the N-23
  • YC-125A Raider: A troop transport aircraft with space for up to thirty personnel, 13 aircraft were built
  • YC-125B Raider: This variant was modified for arctic rescue missions, modifications include twenty stretchers and the possibility of adding ski undercarriage. Ten aircraft were built.

Specifications []

  • Powerplant: three Wright R-1820-99 Cyclone radial engines
  • Top speed: 207 mph
  • Range: 1,856 miles
  • Ceiling: 12,200 feet
  • Crew: 4
  • Capacity: 30 troops or 20 stretchers
  • Length: 67 feet 1 inch
  • Height: 23 feet 1 inch
  • Wingspan: 86 feet 6 inches