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YB-49 Northrop


YB-49 in color

Role Strategic bomber
Manufacturer Northrop Corporation
Designed by Jack Northrop
First flight 21 October 1947
Status Prototype only
Primary user United States Air Force
Number built 3 converted from YB-35 2 YB-49 and one YRB-49A, more incomplete examples scrapped
Developed from Northrop YB-35

The Northrop YB-49 was a prototype jet-powered flying wing medium bomber aircraft developed by Northrop for the United States Air Force shortly after World War II. It was a development of the piston-engined YB-35, and the two YB-49s actually built were both converted YB-35 test aircraft. The aircraft was never to enter production, however, being passed over in favor of the more conventional Convair B-36 in service.

November 8, 2008 Posted by | Jet Fighters | Airforce-Strategic | | Leave a comment