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Picture of YB-49 Flying Wing

Flying Wing History

The Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing was a jet-powered flying wing bomber with a maiden flight of October 21, 1947. At Muroc Air Force Base, CA, in 1948, Air Force Major Daniel Forbes, co-pilot Captain Glenn Edwards, and the entire crew were killed while test flying a YB-49. In descending from an altitude of 40000 feet, the wing panels were given off, and the aircraft disintegrated. Muroc AFB was renamed Edwards AFB in December of 1949 in honor of the co-pilot who was a native of California. Throughout its history, the YB-49 design had stability difficulties and a series of accidents, which eventually led to the termination of the program.



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