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Northrop B-35 Flying Wing


The first of the Northrop flying wing bombers. The B-35 was designed as an intercontinental bomber, competing with the B-36. It was powered by four large radial engines, installed within the wing. Development was protracted, mainly because Northrop was overstretched, and the B-35 was doomed to be obsolescent before it could enter production. Therefore the USAF cancelled the production of the B-35, and ordered the prototypes as test vehicles to assist in the development of the jet-engined B-49 derivative, which looked more promising. Only 15 were built, and most never flew. The engine installation was always unreliable.
General characteristics XB-35
Primary function Bomber
Power plant Four Pratt&Whitney R-4360-17/21 radial engines
Thrust 4x 2,950 HP 4x 2,200 kW
Wingspan 172 ft 52.4 m
Length 53.1 ft 16.18 m
Height 20 ft 6.10m
Wingarea 4,500 sq ft 418 sq m
Weight empty 61,145 lb 27,735 kg
max. 103,484 lb 46,940 kg
Speed 392 mph 630 km/h
Range 10,000 miles 16,100 km
Armament 16x 12.7mm machine gun; 18,700 kg bombs
Crew Nine
Date deployed 1946
Number built 15


More details of construction on Don Krehbiel´s page

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