the Glen Edwards diaries


Celebrating a record-breaking flight in February 1949, the gang poses for the photographer at Andrews AFB outside Washington DC. On the far right is Sgt. William Cunningham, the YB-49's flight engineer, whom a Northrop executive would defame as a saboteur. Beside him is Northrop test pilot Max Stanley, copilot on the flight from Muroc to Andrews. Third from right is Major Robert Cardenas, the aircraft commander. They averaged 511 mph--but Major Russ Schleeh was following in a Boeing XB-47, and he crossed the country at 603 mph. (Photo kindness of Brig. Gen. Cardenas)

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1. Glen Edwards in North Africa, 24 years old
2. "Buffalo Dave" over Tunisia, 14 Feb 1943
3. Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster under flight test
4. Northrop N-9M scale model in flight
5. N-9M under construction at the Northrop factory
6. XB-35 Flying Wing intercontinental bomber
7. YB-49 Flying Wing over the Mojave Desert
8. YB-49 taking off from Muroc Air Force Base
9. The YB-49 after its record-breaking flight
10. Last of the line: YRB-49 reconnaissance bomber

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