Leaving the truly magnificent B-36 today's post is about its cousin the XB-35. (The XB and YB designation is used by the US0AF on experimental bomber designs. If the plane is accepted it gets it's official B designation.) The development of both B-36 and XB-35 originates in the period of WWII where it seemed possible that Brittan could fall in to Nazi hands. It was seen as necessary for the Americans to have a bomber that could fly from bases in the U.S non stop to deliver their load in Europe and fly back again. This also would prove to come in handy later when they found themselves in the heat of the cold war.
The design of the XB -35 was revolutionary, but prone to faults. This groundbreaking heavy bomber design never got the full production clearance from the airforce.
Made in a time when men were in black and white, women in technicolour and the eternal dessert sun reflected of sleek bodies of polished aluminium the xb-35 was truly ahead of it's time.
The sad end. All of the XB-36 were scraped. Leaving the flying wing design in the dark until the B-2 carried on the legacy.
Photographs are courtesy U.S. Navy and U.S. Federal Government.