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John K. Northrop

Northrop Aircraft

1937 - 1959

Automotive & Aerospace

Military ServiceArmy
1930 b. 1895
Born-Died1895 - 1981
BirthplaceNew Jersey (NJ)
Era - 1930

After frustrating attempts at aircraft engineering with many other firms, John Northrop founded Northrop Aircraft and helped it grow into a very lucrative defense contractor, providing everything from bombers, fighter jets, and reconnaissance planes to the United States military. Northrop's planes were known for being revolutionary in the field, often being the first to break barriers in aviation.