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To: BenLurkin; tet68; EnjoyingLife
Those things were darn near ivisible to radar at the time.

The Air Force knew that but cancelled them anyway.

You can’t really blame them.

The Flying Wing was spec’ed 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.

28 posted on 02/25/2013 6:08:13 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac

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.


36 posted on 02/25/2013 6:49:02 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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