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Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing


Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing

The CED title War of the Worlds makes effective use of archive footage of the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing when it is shown dropping an atomic bomb on the Martians. The above image appears 24:36 into Side 2 of the disc. There were only two jet-powered YB-49 aircraft built and both ceased to exist over three years before this movie was made. One plane crashed on June 5, 1948, killing all crew members including Captain Glen Edwards. The other plane broke into two following a landing gear failure on March 5, 1950 and was scraped. Edwards AFB in California, the site of many space shuttle landings, is named in honor of Capt. Edwards.

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