Mastercraft Collection: YB-49A Flying Wing..
Wingspan: 12 inches
Length: 3.6 inches
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The Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing jet bomber was an evolved form of the prop-powered YB-35 model design. It was considered for espionage missions due to its high altitude and long-range flying capability. The YB-49 achieved speeds of up to 510 mph, due to its powerful Allison J35 engines—with all eight of them delivering 3,750 pounds of thrust each. This makes the Flying Wing 100 mph faster than its predecessor. At the time, however, existing technology could not correct stability problems revealed during flight testing. It has been said that the YB-49 was the ‘wrong plane at the wrong time.’ It was trapped in the transition between propeller-driven and jet-powered aircraft. No aircraft would look normal without its wings, and the YB-49 Flying Wing is further proof of this. In fact, it is the perfect example for showing that all aircraft need their wings.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!