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The YB-49 at play over the Mojave Desert. The big Flying Wing could actually turn inside its P-80 chase plane, and most mechanical problems were resolved by the change to turbojet power. But Air Force pilots were leery of its behavior in a stall, and it was an unstable bombing platform. (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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