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All about Glen Edwards, the U.S. Air Force test pilot who gave his name to Edwards Air Force Base in California, with added material on his military service in World War II and the Northop YB-49 Flying Wing and Horten nurflügel aircraft

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GLEN EDWARDS & THE FLYING WING

Glen Edwards: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot is now available in paperback for the first time. The text has been updated from the 1998 Smithsonian Institution Press hardcover, with photographs and an analysis of Jack Northrop's flawed "Flying Wing" bomber, which killed Glen Edwards and Danny Forbes in 1949. Also available in digital format for the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo e-reader, and for the iPad through the Apple iBookstore. Secondhand remaindered copies of the original book can be ordered available from Marketplace sellers.

Edwards's story is mostly told in his own words, taken from the diary he kept from the first day as an aviation cadet to the day before he died in the fiery crash of the Northrop YB-49. As co-author, I introduce the man, bridge the gaps in his diary, and explain the virtues and the drawbacks of the planes he flies, whether as a bomber pilot in the North Africa desert or as an Air Force test pilot at Wright Field and Muroc--now known as Edwards Air Force Base. "Ford ... is blessed with a splendid writing style and understands the modern Air Force, wrote the reviewer for Air & Space magazine. "Reading his book is a real treat." For more, go here.

In 1945, American and British researchers were fascinated by the "flying wing" technology under development in Germany and Japan. Brion Clayton has assembled three of the reports (prepared by the U.S. Navy Technical Mission in Europe, the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnsborough, and the Naval Technical Mission to Japan) and published them as a PDF document available free at The Paperless Archive. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

Diary of a Bomber Pilot:

The flying wing + nurflügel files:

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