YB-49 Flying Wing airplane model
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YB-49 Flying Wing

Item Number: 1040
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Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing model. The YB-49 was born when Northrop modified two YB-35's to jet power, the first one flying on October 21, 1947. Many complimentary reports on the YB-49 were filed by Air Force officers, and the service was convinced of the advantages of the all-wing configuration, but in June 1948 the second YB-49 was destroyed with the loss of its five man crew in a crash attributed to structural failure. In spite of this, the Air force ordered 30 of the aircraft, but the order was later canceled in favor of the B-36. In October 1949 the whole program was canceled, and the aircraft were scrapped. Interestingly, the YB-49 was considered superior to the B-36 in almost every way.

Mahogany Wood. Scale: 1/100. Wingspan 21 inches, Length 6 inches.

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Tom Allen
YB-49 family memory

My late mother-in-law was Glenn Edwards' sister. He was co-pilot on the fatal flight of June 5, 1948. Later, Edwards Air Force Base was named in his memory. I met several of his "test pilot" wing mates at the rededication of the base in 2009. The Model I purchased is outstanding in construction, detail, and coloring. Thank you so much for this family treasure. tom