Skip to comments.USAF Photo of the Evening: Deterrent Extraordinaire
Posted on 02/25/2013 3:49:20 PM PST by EnjoyingLife
U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber sitting on the flight line at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, USA. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large)
Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler, United States Air Force
In 1976, with his health failing, he felt compelled to communicate to NASA his belief in the low drag high lift concept inherent in the flying wing. NASA replied that the idea had technological merit comforting Northrop that his flying wing concepts hadn't been completely abandoned. By the late 1970s a variety of illnesses had left him unable to walk or speak. Shortly before his death in 1981, he was given clearance to see designs and hold a scale model of the B-2 Spirit which shared many of the design features of his YB-35 and YB-49 designs. Northrop was reported to have written on a sheet of paper "Now I know why God has kept me alive for 25 years". In the Wing Will Fly documentary, B-2 project designer John Cashen says
"As he held this model in his shaking hands, it was as if you could see his entire history with the flying wing passing through his mind"
Jack Northrop died 10 months later knowing his life's passion would be incorporated in the country's most technologically advanced Cold War weapon system.
Jack Northrop would be proud.
Sorry don't remember how to set the size.
The real crime is that for whatever reason, the US ordered that the remaining planes be scrapped. What a shame. Can you imagine one of those in the Smithsonian Flight Museum?
There was a show on “The History Channel” about the flying wing. If I remember right, the original design was credited to the Horton Brothers of Germany during WWII.
It is vary rare for them to land one at a base like Langley. They usually only go in and then back to Whiteman AFB with a rare landing allowed at Diago Garcia or Guam as I recall.
The crazy thing was that they had 9 of them built
and the Sec Def had them destroyed. Symington I think
it was, just insanity.
With islam in the White House, the US inventory is largely irrelevant - until the mullahs decide to use it for another holocaust.
If alive today Jack would lose the meat display case. Despite his passion he never had any interest in getting a pilot’s license.
i hadn't heard the term before. pretty funny
I saw one of these at the Wright Patt Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH. I stood there so long in awe with my mouth open my family left me and my tongue dried out. It was truly an awesome bird.
I think the A-10 was my sentimental favorite. It is the only gun to my knowledge that is so compelling they built a plane to carry it to the battlefield. She fires ~65, 3/4 pound projectiles per second when the “hawg farts.”
Wright Patt is a good stop if you ever get close.
I always get a kick out of the concept of doing bombing missions from Whiteman.
A young pilot gets out of bed, gets told to take out the garbage and feed the dog, hops in his car and goes to a briefing room somewhere.
48 hours later, he’s dog tired, getting out of his car...and his fuzzy slippered wife it standing there demanding to know why he didn’t put ALL the trash out.
Somewhere in between he was over a foreign land dropping bombs on the enemy.
What I think is particularly funny is they have an entry control point, with nobody performing the entry control function.
Now, of course, they are trying to get a good picture and don’t want an Airman in the picture, but the ropes and cones sans guard is pretty funny.
Just the start carts, no ordinance? I guess it’s fully
loaded and ready to go.
So they had an area roped off with just tires and landing gear struts standing in the appropriate spots, with a nice sign identifying it. (Just like the rest of the stuff on static display.) On all the listings for the specs, it said "You wouldn't believe it anyhow".
flying wing ping
Yep, the F-117. Made it's (most) public debut in the first Gulf War. They had one on display at Wright Patt last time I was there 2-3 years ago.
That thing is friggin awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for posting.
We ned 100 more of these.
Those things were darn near ivisible to radar at the time.
The Air Force knew that but cancelled them anyway.
Used it on the martians in original “War of the Worlds” Didn’t stop them!
Wasn’t that the prop driven plane at Wright Patt. I think all the jet models were destroyed!
Didja get to see the Valkyrie?
The Air Force knew that but cancelled them anyway.
You cant really blame them.
The Flying Wing was speced as a nuclear bomber.
It was a difficult plane to fly and an unstable platform from which to drop a bomb accurately. There were a couple crashes during testing and who wants to crash a plane with a couple nuclear weapon on board.
Of course then there were the rumors of Boeing offering cushy retirement jobs to the generals in charge of selecting the next intercontinental bomber.
See my post 22. Ole Jackie boy may have gotten his ideas from the Horten brothers, who actually designed the aircraft in 1935 and build a flying model in the 1940’s.
But hey, lots of ideas strike several unconnected individuals at the same time. God does things like that.
Northrup corporation actually spent its own time and money to re-create the Horten 229. (Which was captured, dismantled and shipped to the US in 1945) The results raised goose bumps when they realized that not only could the plane fly, but it really could slip by radar technology at the time, and even give modern radar a run for it’s money.
Constructed of PLYWOOD, it incorporated an aluminum particle based paint (similar to the Hindenburg) to protect the wood from the jet exhaust.
Hitler’s wet dream was to fly these bombers to NYC and destroy Manhattan.
The pucker-factor? Another 6 months, and it would have been a done deal.
Another speculation for the machines not getting the funding needed was that Adolph was a collectivist. He wrote scathing commentary about “individualists.” He considered them traitors.
He never really trusted the Horten brothers, believing they were recalcitrant individualists. (He was probably correct.)
With five (5) Nuc Carriers sittin side by side tied to the dock in Norfork right now it might be wise to get these airborn...jes saying.
The only big plane I haven’t seen up close and personal. Some day.
Didja get to see the Valkyrie?
They have one? That and the Blackbird makes the trip worth it.
Thanks for the flying wing ping. It is an awesome bird.
Oh man, I could live there. You NEED a FULL 2 DAYs to do it justice. I especially like the Messerschmidts they have on display. So far ahead of their time.
Walk through the front door, and hanging over your head is a wood and canvas French plane with an engine the size of your family car. You really wonder how it ever got off the ground.
I took my Dad there for a reunion of the boys on his ship. First day, those old boys ran off to a far back corner of the museum. I had trouble keeping up with them. They KNEW where they were going.
There, way back in the corner, was a B29 in pristine condition. The legend said the plane was in flyable condition. Next to it were mock ups of Fat Man and Little Boy.
But what almost had me choked up was all those old boys putting hands on that airplane, openly crying. It was BOCKSCAR, the SECOND plane to hit Japan at Nagasaki. Enola Gay was a good hit, but Bockscar nailed the coffin shut.
All those old warriors knew that that airplane sealed the deal and ended the war. Had it not, most of those guys would have been hamburger on the road to Tokyo.
I stood back and watched a mob of old guys just rub their hands on the belly of that airplane, and openly cry.
Most emotional moment I ever had with my father.
I saw an interview with the test pilot who flew the flying wing over the capital in Washington D.C.
He had a Spanish name, maybe Cardenas. Anyway he was also the pilot who flew the B-29 which launched the Bell X-1 with Yeager piloting it the time the sound barrier was boken.
If I remember right he said the flying wing was very difficult to fly and to be no means stall it as you would never regain control. The plane did crash but I don’t remember why.
About 10-15 years back, I took the by-appointment-only tour of the Smithsonian’s Paul Garber Facility in... I believe it was Silver Spring, MD. They had one of the captured Horton Flying Wings there with the wings off packed in with countless other amazing artifacts. I think they moved everything to Reagan... I just was really amazed to see the “backlot”.
Oh... and I saw the miniature Northrop flying wing fly at the Chino Airshow about 15 years back too. I’d dig for pictures, but anymore I check FR on my phone...
Dont forget we have the U.S. Air Force ICBMs, with 450 delivery vehicles that can deliver 550 nuclear warheads.
And U.S. Navy has SLBMs, with 288 delivery vehicles that can deliver 1,152 nuclear warheads in 30 minutes or less.
Yes, the Air Force Museum has the one and only XB-70 left. I really want to see it myself.
Hold down the Ctrl button and roll the wheel on your mouse. It will enlarge or shrink the entire page.
No don't you remember? obungo promised pootin' that he'd have more leeway after the election. By the time he's done all we'll have are ragged guys drafted from SEIU and the press corp in suicide vests screaming allahu dooby doo while their wives ululate from behind their burkas.
The original workable theory behind the flying wing can be traced back to a Frenchman, Alphonse Penaud, in the 1870's time frame.
But the Hortens claim to fame is that they were the first to produce stable flying wing gliders and then the HO 229.
The only know surviving copy is in pieces in the Smithsonian. It's been scheduled for restoration and some work is underway.
And this radar model is in San Diago.
Sorry, a no go. The XB-70 is conventional three surface design.
It’s greatest design feature though is that it is the first aircraft to be purposely designed to take into account and use the wave rider effect found in super sonic flight.
The YF-12 and SR-71 are the first aircraft to experience the effect, and Kelly Johnson did add some ability to the SR-71 to make use of the effect, but not to fully exploit it.
The XB-70 needed to utilize the effect if it was to achieve the range and speeds required.
Had to go to youtube and watch the XB70 episode again. I’d forgotten that one survived. Have got to find the time to visit Wright -Pat
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