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Made in a time when men were in black and white, women in Technicolor and the eternal dessert sun reflected off sleek bodies of polished aluminum. Giant Earth takes you back to a land where tobacco was safe, radiation harmless and nothing could beat the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt. Behind the safe protective wall of the thermonuclear bomb, family life bloomed in front of the radios.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

XB-35 The flying wing

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.

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Terrence O'Neill said...

Nice photos. I just self-published a book "GMDS, a Billion Dollar Blunder", mainly about the B-35, after about 15 years of research in government microfilms, my interview with the main Wing test pilot, and FOIA documents, on the Wing's competition with the B-36 'Stick' ... both built to the same AAF specs, and both prototypes ordered weeks before Dec. 7th, 1941, as trans-oceanic bombers in case England fell to the Nazis.
I found AAF blunders, corporate foot-dragging, and post-war AF false complaints and claims about the two bombers, and corruption by the first AF Secretary and his close personal feind Floyd Odlum CEO of Convair. Aerodynamics proved only the Wing could have carried out the AF Doctrine, being able to survive making an atomic attack from the US to the Ural Mountains and back, and that the Wing was INVISIBLE to USSR radar in 1948 ... which the AF ignored! Names are named and fingers pointed.

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