By Steve Butler
THE NORTHROP CORPORATION was founded in 1930 by Jack Northrop together with the Douglas Aircraft Company. The first planes produced were a pair of high-speed, single-engine aircraft, the Gamma and the Delta.
The Gamma was produced in 1932 and was designed as a sleek, high-speed cargo transport (as might be used for air mail). The plane did set some speed records, one recorded by Howard Hughes. The Delta was essentially a passenger version of the Gamma. It first flew in May 1933 and would accommodate eight plus the pilot. The Delta was capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph, not bad for the 1930s.