The origins of the DB-8A goes back to the Northrop Gamma.
It was the Northrop Gamma C-2, developed as an attack plane. This aircraft was slightly modified as Gamma 2F and ordered by the USAAC under the designation A-17 and later a second series with retractable landing gear was ordered under the designation A-17A.
In August 1937 Northrop was acquired by Douglas. The A-17 was still sold under the name Northrop, however, the export version was sold as Douglas DB-8A.
The DB-8A was also sold to Sweden as DB-8A-1, which had a further 103 aircraft built under license; Argentina as DB-8A-2. Peru as DB-8A-3P, Iraq, the DB-8A-4 and around the DB-8A-5.
Netherlands bought the DB-8A-3N.
|Length:||9,06 m||Wingspan:||14,05 m|
|Height:||2,95 m||Wing area:||- m2|
|Empty weight:||2390 kg||Max. start weight:||3580 kg|
|Max. speed:||416 km/hr||Rate of climb:||- m/min|
|Cruising speed:||330 km/hr|
|Range:||2000 km||Service ceiling:||7700 m|
|Engine type:||One Pratt & Whitney R-1830 S3CG Twin Wasp rated 1050 hp|
|Armament:||Four wing mounted .30 machine guns; one movable .30 machine gun; 1200 pound bombs.|