Northrop YB-49 42-102-102367 crosses the east field boundary on takeoff from Northrop Field, Hawthorne, California, 21 October 1947. (U.S. Air Force) October 1947: At Northrop Field, Hawthorne, California, Northrop Corporation Chief Test Pilot Max R. Stanley took off in the first YB-49, 42-102367, and flew it to Muroc Air Force Base (now, Edwards Air Force Base) for flight testing.
Northrop XB-35 "Flying Wing" - The Northrop XB-35 and YB-35 were experimental heavy bomber aircraft developed for the United States Army Air Forces during and shortly after World War II by the Northrop Corporation. It used the radical and potentially very efficient flying wing design, in which the tail section and fuselage are eliminated and all payload is carried in a thick wing.
The Northrop YB-49 was a prototype jet-powered heavy bomber aircraft developed shortly after World War II. Intended for service with the U.S. Air Force, featured a flying wing design. It was a jet-powered.The two YB-49s actually built were both converted YB-35 test aircraft. The YB-49 never entered production, being passed over in favor of the more conventional Convair B-36 Peacemaker piston-driven design. First flight 21 Oct. 1947
YB-49 with auxiliary engines. Northrop YB-49 (1947) was a prototype jet-powered heavy bomber aircraft developed by Northrop Corporation shortly after World War II for service with the U.S. Air Force. The YB-49 featured a flying wing design and was a jet-powered development of the earlier, piston-engined Northrop XB-35 and YB-35. The two YB-49s actually built were both converted YB-35 test aircraft.