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YB-49 Flying wing, a heavy bomber prototype, takes to the air for the first time in 1947.

YB-49 Flying wing, a heavy bomber prototype, takes to the air for the first time in 1947.

YB-49 Flying wing, a heavy bomber prototype, takes to the air for the first time in 1947

YB-49 Flying wing, a heavy bomber prototype, takes to the air for the first time in 1947

Data collected from the Northrop YB-49 test flights was used decades later in the development of the B-2 bomber.

Data collected from the Northrop YB-49 test flights was used decades later in the development of the B-2 bomber.

The Northrop YB-49 was a prototype jet-powered heavy bomber aircraft developed shortly after World War II. Intended for service with the U.S. Air Force, featured a flying wing design. It was a jet-powered.The two YB-49s actually built were both converted YB-35 test aircraft. The YB-49 never entered production, being passed over in favor of the more conventional Convair B-36 Peacemaker piston-driven design. First flight 21 Oct. 1947

The Northrop YB-49 was a prototype jet-powered heavy bomber aircraft developed shortly after World War II. Intended for service with the U.S. Air Force, featured a flying wing design. It was a jet-powered.The two YB-49s actually built were both converted YB-35 test aircraft. The YB-49 never entered production, being passed over in favor of the more conventional Convair B-36 Peacemaker piston-driven design. First flight 21 Oct. 1947

Northrop YB-49 was a prototype jet-powered heavy bomber aircraft developed by Northrop shortly after World War II.

Northrop YB-49 was a prototype jet-powered heavy bomber aircraft developed by Northrop shortly after World War II.

Northrop YB-49: Flying Wing precursor to the Stealth Bomber (B-2 Spirit)

Northrop YB-49: Flying Wing precursor to the Stealth Bomber (B-2 Spirit)

Northrop YB-49  at Muroc Dry Lake. (Named after the Pilot, Glen edwards flying this plane after the bomber prototype here went into an unrec...

Northrop YB-49 at Muroc Dry Lake. (Named after the Pilot, Glen edwards flying this plane after the bomber prototype here went into an unrec...

YB 47 lineup at the cancellation of the contract before destruction

YB 47 lineup at the cancellation of the contract before destruction

Northrop YB-35 experimental flying wing heavy bomber, which also featured “pusher” piston engines driving counter-rotating propellers, an all-around radical design, which sadly was hindered due to the sheer amount of innovations it featured. A jet-powered version, the YB-49, would become a further development of this concept.

Northrop YB-35 experimental flying wing heavy bomber, which also featured “pusher” piston engines driving counter-rotating propellers, an all-around radical design, which sadly was hindered due to the sheer amount of innovations it featured. A jet-powered version, the YB-49, would become a further development of this concept.

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