StudeDave From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4478 times:
Your link brings me to this post for some reason. I'll bet it's a picture of the flight line at Hawthorne from about 1948 or so? (nine in line- two off on their own)
The short answer to your questions would be 'no', and 'no'.
A book I have here~ Northrop- An Aeronautical History (published by Northrop in 1976) says that 28 frames were started/or completed. But it also says only 15 basic airframes were 'manufactured'. I think that is because they counted incomplete B-35s that got converted into something else, so some of those 15 were counted twice (or more!!!)
Clear as mud, right?
Only 6 of the 'BIG' Wings flew.
Classic planes, Classic trains, and Studebakers~~ what else is there???
EBJ1248650 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1932 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3912 times:
Quoting StudeDave (Reply 3): That's the picture I was thinking about alright!!! The caption says it was taken when they had started to convert ten YB-35s to jet power. Notice the trailing edge of those first few in line...
While the idea of fitting jets to those early flying wings was practical, they needed an aerodynamic rework of the design because the wings were just too thick and draggy to get the maximum benefit from jet engine installation. I have to wonder if the flying wing would have gone into service had Northrop modified the design to get max' benefit of the new engines. There has been some controversy over whether the airplane would have made a stable bombing platform. Northrop test pilots said it would and claimed to have proved it. Air Force test pilots made the exact opposite claim and apparently they won the batte.