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Taking off from Muroc Air Force Base at the south end of Rogers Dry Lake, the YB-49 lays down the characteristic trail of kerosene exhaust. In 1948, Muroc had these two hangars and some derelict barracks at South Base, and an even more desolate facility at the secret Test Base at the north end of the lakebed. But the sun shone almost every day of the year, the base was far from any population center, and Rogers Dry Lake provided an eight-mile landing field if anything went wrong. (Northrop photo)

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1. Glen Edwards in North Africa, 24 years old
2. "Buffalo Dave" over Tunisia, February 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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