Saturday, December 31, 2005
Whoosh - Northrop Flying Wing Exhibit
What is the coolest airplane of all time from a design standpoint?
Ok, I know that's hard to say, since there have been so many unusual and interesting designs. But one school of design worth special note is the "flying wing." (I have special affection for the Crusader, a small, futuristic, 1930's plane of which I shall write more in the future)
The Palm Springs (California) Air Museum, is a museum focusing on World War II combat aircraft and the role their pilots. From what I can see online, they have a very large collection of working aircraft.
Notably, they have a working flying wing.
The museum's website promises a flight demonstration of
Northrop N9MB Flying Wing Flight Demonstration on Feb. 25, 2006 at the
Palm Springs Air Museum
745 North Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, California 92262
from the museum's website:
The Flying Wing, designed by Jack Northrop during the early 1940's is a most significant historical aircraft. This radical design was the precursor to the Stealth Bomber. The object of a political controversy, Stuart Symington, Sec'y of Defense under President Truman, ordered the original 13 Flying Wing aircraft and plans destroyed. Original Northup employees restored this Flying Wing over an eight-year period.
If you go, please post pictures and event reports