XB-49 Flying Wing
The XB-49 was one
of the most unusual airplanes ever built. Although not
adopted by the Air Force, the basic design was later resurrected
and went into production as the B-2 Stealth Bomber.
The story of this unique aircraft began on
September 30, 1942, when the army ordered thirteen YB-35 test
aircraft. It was followed by a production contract for 200
aircraft, but it was soon cancelled because of numerous problems and delays. Only the first YB-35 was completed
and flow. The advent of the jet age was making
propeller-driven aircraft such as the B-35 obsolete. The
USAF decided to authorize modification of two YB-35s by
installing eight jet engines. These two aircraft were
redesignated YB-49. Another YB-35A was modified with six jet
engines and became the YRB-49A.
The YB-35 flight test program only
lasted a few months in mid-1948. The single flying YB-35 was in
storage for about a year before being scrapped in 1949. The
derivative YB-49 and YRB-49A programs continued into the late
1940s and early 1950s. Neither of these jet powered flying wing
programs was successful and the last aircraft (YRB-49A) was
scrapped in November 1953.
From our Standard Series. 1/100th scale. 21"
wingspan x 6" long.
No. ABX1D-ST. Only $119.95