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Historic Flying Wing crashes into CA. prison: ABC

Discussion in 'Other' started by Lord Leighton, Apr 22, 2019.

  1. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VI

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    And another.......:(
     
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    Biggles Hangar Bronze Member III

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    Is this the original flying wing built by Jack Northrop? After years of testing various designs Northrop came up with the successful result but by then the the Air Force had other ideas and didn't place an order. When the B2's design was finalized, its wingspan was only a few inches different from Northrops dimension
     
  4. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    I'm not sure if this one was the 1st iteration, but I'm sure it's the last one now.

    https://worldwarwings.com/breaking-... broadcast&utm_source=aweber&utm_medium=email
     
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    I've read that this was the last remaining original of 4 built.
     
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    Biggles Hangar Bronze Member III

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    OK. After a little research, the four flying wings mentioned it the articles were N-9M's, 1/3 scale versions of Northrop's YB 35 which had a wingspan of 172ft. The scaled down aircraft were used to test handling etc. The YB 35 had four P&W radials and a range of 4,000 miles, but the air force wanted to use jets, which reduced its range by half, rendering it useless as a long range bomber, and thus it was eventually scrapped.
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Such a loss. They were flying it to get it ready for the up and coming air show!
     

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