Saturday, May 14, 2016

✈ [Video] The Story of The Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing ✈

The Flying Wing was the brainchild of Jack Northrop, who started work on the concept in the 1930s. Jack Northrop also desigened the wings on the Douglas DC2 and DC3's and had also a scaled down wing flying in the early 1940's. That model is on display and flying at the Planes of  Fame Museum in Chino California. Back then Northrop advocated "The Wing" as a means of reducing drag and structural weight.

The Story of The Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing
The Story of The Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing
It may be hard to believe today, but the original Northrop Flying Wing's innovative design was often used against it by detractors from competing aircraft companies ("An airplane that doesn't have a tail")

Because of this Northrop Aircraft produced this information film to extol the Wings virtues and answer her critics.

The result is a film that gives a compelling overview of the principles of advantages of the Wing design, delivered by Northrop's Director of Engineering, Harrison F. Burke.

You'll see the restored color film of the jet powered Wing in operation, supplemented by an extensive use of instructive animations. You'll learn about the role of drag in flight in relation to efficiency in aircraft design, the advantages of a swept wing, the inherent advantages in structural integrity of the Wing design, simplicity and ease of maintenance, the role of center of gravity in tail design and more.



The Story of the Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing - Restored Color - 1949
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Nearly a half-hour long, this is a fascinating story of the world’s first “stealth” aircraft before stealth was an aviation term. The story of this magnificent aircraft ends in an achingly similar fashion to Northrop’s other technology marvel, the YF-23.

Both were never allowed to come to full power.  But in fact the YB-49 was actually executed and burned up on the Hawthorne airport runway by military order.


Pictures of the Northrop YB-49
Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing - First Flight - 1949
Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing - First Flight - 1949
Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing - In Air - 1949
Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing - In Air - 1949
Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing - Blueprint - 1949
Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing - Blueprint - 1949

Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing - Picture 236600 ID 2102367
Northrop YB- 49 Flying Wing - Picture 236600 ID 2102367


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