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A Flying Wing bibliography

[Following are the books, articles, and documents I used in writing Glen Edwards: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot-- limited however to those bearing on all-wing aircraft. To them I have added other sources that might be useful to researchers in this area. Available titles are hotlinked to Historic Aviation, Amazon.com, or another page on this site. HO/AFFTC is the History Office, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB. -- Dan Ford]

Allen, Richard Sanders. The Northrop Story: 1929-1939. New York: Orion, 1990. Used copies available at Amazon

Anderson, Fred. Northrop: An Aeronautical History. Los Angeles: Northrop, 1976.

Ashkenas, Irving. Letter, 17 July 1997. AFFTC/HO.
-----. Telephone interview, 20 Nov. 1997.

Associated Press. "Crash of Giant Flying Wing Kills 5 Crewmen." 6 June 1948. AFFTC/HO.

Baker, Francis. "The Death of the Flying Wing: The Real Reasons Behind the 1949 Cancellation of Northrop Aircraft's RB-49." Claremont, Calif.: Claremont Graduate School, 1984. AFFTC/HO.

Baugher, Joe. Aircraft files on the Northrop B-35, YB-49, and YRB-49 aircraft, and his thoughts on the notion of a conspiracy to cancel the Flying Wing bomber.

Biddle, Wayne. Barons of the Sky. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991. Excellent book, good mini-bio of Jack Northrop, but only tangentially about the Flying Wing.

Bowers, Al. Email, 25 June 1997. AFFTC/HO.

Bretcher, Fred. "Moments of Thrill Time." Northrop News, 25 Feb 1983.

Brown, Eric. Wings of the Weird and Wonderful. Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.: Tab Books, 1987.

Bullard, Douglas. The Nurflugel Page all-wing files.

Cardenas, Robert. Account written for his family, 19 May 1990. AFFTC/HO.
-----. "More Facts on the YB-49." In Chilstrom & Leary, below.
-----. Telephone interviews, 21 July 1996, 29 Aug. 1997. Notes at AFFTC/HO and on Ford website.

Chilstrom, Kenneth. Remarks, 50th reunion of Flight Test School students. AFFTC/HO.
-----. Telephone interview, 15 July 1997.

Chilstrom, Kenneth, & Penn Leary, eds. Test Flying at Old Wright Field. Omaha: Westchester House, 1995. Nice collection of ancedotal accounts, mostly by the pilots themselves.

Coleman, Ted. Jack Northrop and the Flying Wing: The Story Behind the Stealth Bomber. New York: Paragon, 1988. This is where the conspiracy theory really got started.

Craven, Wesley, & James Cate. The Army Air Forces in World War II. vol. 2, Europe: Torch to Pointblank. University of Chicago Press, 1949.

Edwards, Glen. Diaries, 1941-48. AFFTC/HO.
-----. Pilot's report on the N-9M, 3 May 1946. AFFTC/HO.
-----. Letter to "Test Pilots," 5 June 1948. AFFTC/HO.

Edwards, Patricia. "Touched With Fire." AFFTC/HO.

Foa, Joseph. Letter. Defense Science. March 1990.

Ford, Daniel. "B-36: Bomber at the Crossroads." Air & Space. May 1996.
-----. "The Edwards Diaries." Air & Space. July 1997.

Gepfert, Ken. "Northrop Claims AF Scuttled 'Flying Wing'." Los Angeles Times. 8 Dec 1980.

Hallion, Richard. Test Pilots: The Frontiersmen of Flight. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1981. Also available at Amazon.com
-----. Strike From the Sky: The History of Battlefield Air Attack. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989.
-----. "Before the B-2." Air Power History. Winter 1994.

Hamlin, Benson. Flight Testing Conventional and Jet-Propelled Airplanes. New York: Macmillan, 1946.

Hansen, Chuck. U.S. Nuclear Weapons: The Secret History. New York: Orion, 1988.

Heppenheimer, T. A. "The Dream of the Flying Wing." Invention & Technology. Winter 1994.

Honey, John. "The Wing Will Fly." Documentary broadcast on Discovery channel, 1991. Videotape at AFFTC/HO.

Horner, Richard Horner. "Development and Crash of the YB-49." In Chilstrom & Leary, above.

Knaack, Marcelle. Encyclopedia of US Air Force Aircraft & Missile Systems. vol 2, Post-WWII Bombers. Washington: Office of Air Force History, 1978.

Kohn, Leo. The Flying Wings of Northrop. Milwaukee: Aviation Publications, 1974.

Krauss, Serge. Nurflugel Tailless Aircraft Bibliography. Self-published, 335 pp., 1998. Email the author at skrauss AT earthlink.net or write Serge Krauss, 3114 Edgehill Rd, Cleveland Heights OH 44118.

Krieger, Stuart. Letter, 14 July 1997. AFFTC/HO.

McLarren, Robert. "Low Drag Accented in All-Wing." Aviation Week. 20 Dec. 1948.

Myhra, David. The Horten Brothers and Their All-Wing Aircraft. Atglen PA: Schiffer, 1998.

Nickel, Karl. "On the Importance of the Correct C.G. Location on Flying Wings." National Soaring Museum, Elmira, N.Y., 17 July 1997. AFFTC/HO and at Bullard's website.
-----. Letter to the author, 5 Aug. 1997. AFFTC/HO.

Nickel, Karl, & Michael Wohlfahrt. Tailless Aircraft in Theory and Practice. Washington: AIAA, 1995.

Northrop Aircraft, Inc. Accident report on the N-9M. AFFTC/HO.
-----. Accident report on the YB-49. AN-700065-03, NASM Archives.
-----. "The Story of Jack Northrop and the Flying Wing." AN-700010-03, NASM Archives.
-----. June 1948 memo and YB-49 program history. AN-700060-16, NASM Archives.

Northrop, John. "The All-Wing Type Aircraft." Aviation. 29 March 1930.
____. "The Northrop XB-35 Flying Wing Superbomber." Aviation. Aug. 1946.
____. "The Development of All-Wing Aircraft." Royal Aeronautical Society Journal. 1947.

Pape, Garry, with John Campbell. Northrop Flying Wings: A History of Jack Northrop's Visionary Aircraft. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer, 1995. Also available at Amazon.com.

Perkins, Courtland. "Recollections." Ch. 5 of an incomplete manuscript. AFFTC/HO.

Planes of Fame. N-9M seminar and demonstration, 2 Nov. 1996.

Roberts, Clete. Interview with Jack Northrop. Broadcast on KCET, Los Angeles, 1980. Videotape at AFFTC/HO.

Sears, William. Stories from a 20th-Century Life. Stanford, Calif.: Parabolic, 1994.

Stanley, Max. Telephone interview, 10 Aug. 1996.

Stoliker, Fred, et al. Flight Testing at Edwards. Lancaster, Calif.: Flight Test Historical Foundation, 1996.

Tucker, Charles. Telephone interview, 5 Sept. 1997. Notes at AFFTC/HO and this website.

U.S. Air Force. Accident report on the YB-49. AN-700065-03, NASM Archives.
-----. XB-35 case history. AFFTC/HO.
-----. YB-49 case history. AFFTC/HO; AN-700065-17, NASM Archives.

Von Karman, Theodore, with Lee Edson. The Wind and Beyond: Theodore von Karman. Boston: Little Brown, 1967.

Weldon, Thomas. "Glen W. Edwards." NATO-AGARD Highlights. July 1995. Preliminary and published versions at AFFTC/HO.

Wooldridge, E. T. Winged Wonders: The Story of the Flying Wings. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983.

Young, James. Ad Inexplorata: A Photo History of Edwards AFB. No publishing data. AFFTC/HO.