January 2, 2006

The Stealth Bomber's Got A Daddy

Holy living fuck. The Palm Springs Air Museum has this unbelievable snippet in its schedule of events for 2006:
Feb. 25 FLYING WING - The Flying Wing, designed by Jack Northrup sic during the early 1940's is a most significant historical aircraft. This radical design was the precursor to the Stealth Bomber. The object of a political controversy, Stuart Symington, Sec'y of Defense under President Truman, ordered the original 13 Flying Wing aircraft and plans destroyed. Original Northrop employees restored this Flying Wing over an eight-year period. FLIGHT DEMO
FLIGHT DEMO. This is not a drill. SOMEBODY please, please, please please get to this and take pictures. Lots of pictures. Video would be better. Good God, I had no idea any of these survived.

I really want to know if this is the B-35 or the (X/Y/YR)B-49 (reciprocating engines on the first, Allison turbojets on the latter three).

Posted by jbz at January 2, 2006 2:50 AM | TrackBack

Comments

I'm fairly sure that that's an N9M, the small-scale (1/4? 1/5?) prototype. The B-35/YB-49 are waaaaay bigger than that.

Posted by: J.B. Zimmerman at January 2, 2006 5:10 PM

There is one in the new NASM at Dulles. I have to assume it is the same one...

Posted by: Luis Villa at January 2, 2006 4:19 PM
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