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aviation history

Northrop's Flying
Wing Bomber
Grandfather of the B-2 Spirit

U.S. AIR FORCE MUSEUM

By Jack Feir, ISTAT Appraiser Fellow and ISTAT Member Emeritus

The Northrop YB-49, an eight-engine, jet-propelled, Flying Wing Bomber developed in the late 1940s, seen here flying over the Mojave Desert.

The Setting
This story has its beginning in September,
1941. The war in Europe had already gone
on for two years, but so far, the United
States had stayed out of it. Nazi Germany
had conquered nearly all of continental
Europe. Once the Soviet Union had been
defeated, which seemed likely at the time,
invading Britain was the most likely step.

One of the scenarios envisioned by
the U.S. military was a British defeat,
with Germany looking at the U.S. as its
next target. In that case, if the U.S. was
unable to hold Iceland, it might need a
fleet of bombers capable of flying nonstop
from the U.S. to Europe and return. To
make the trip worthwhile, these bombers would need to carry at least 10,000

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pounds of bombs for the equivalent of a
10,000-mile mission.

The Long-Range Bomber Program
Two long-range bomber projects were
put forth: One would be the Northrop
B-35 Flying Wing Bomber and the other
the Consolidated (later Convair) B-36, a
conventional design with a huge wingspan



Jetrader - Autumn 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jetrader - Autumn 2018

Message from the President: Douglas W. Runte, CFA
Calendar/News
Q&A: Tim Myers, President, Boeing Capital Corporation
Helping Hands
Making (Nearly) Everyone Happy
Business and Pleasure
Home Away From Home: ISTAT’s Farnborough International Airshow Chalet and Reception
Looking Back. Looking Ahead
Q&A: Eduardo Fairen
From the ISTAT Photo Archives: ISTAT EMEA
Aviation History: Northrop’s Flying Wing Bomber – Grandfather of the B-2 Spirit
Aircraft Appraisals: Airbus A220-300/ Embraer E190-E2
From the ISTAT Foundation: The Right Stuff
Advertiser Index
Advertiser.com
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Intro
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - cover1
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - cover2
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Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Message from the President: Douglas W. Runte, CFA
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Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 10
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 11
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Calendar/News
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 13
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Q&A: Tim Myers, President, Boeing Capital Corporation
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Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 17
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Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 19
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 20
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 21
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Helping Hands
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 23
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Making (Nearly) Everyone Happy
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 25
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 26
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 27
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 28
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 29
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Business and Pleasure
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Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 36
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 37
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Home Away From Home: ISTAT’s Farnborough International Airshow Chalet and Reception
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 39
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Looking Back. Looking Ahead
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 41
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 42
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 43
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 44
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 45
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Q&A: Eduardo Fairen
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Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - From the ISTAT Photo Archives: ISTAT EMEA
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Aviation History: Northrop’s Flying Wing Bomber – Grandfather of the B-2 Spirit
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Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Aircraft Appraisals: Airbus A220-300/ Embraer E190-E2
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Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 61
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - 62
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - From the ISTAT Foundation: The Right Stuff
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Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Advertiser Index
Jetrader - Autumn 2018 - Advertiser.com
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