the Glen Edwards diaries


Last of the line, the YRB-49 reconnaissance bomber takes off from Northrop Field in May 1950, by which time the Flying Wing program had been canceled. This version had four turbojets within the airfoil and two in pods beneath. Jack Northrop loathed the pods, and the extra fuel it could carry was consumed by drag and a requirement that the tanks be leakproof. The plane spent its final years at Ontario airport, and was scrapped during the Eisenhower administration. (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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