The B-49 Flying Wing was created in 1949 and flew with some difficulty. It was slow, noisy and smelly. Once I watched the huge airship trundle overhead as it turned to make a long, slow left hand turn back to the ultra- secret “Skunkworks” in Burbank Califormia. Its mighty engines emitted a thick, dark black smoke as it passed overhead. At a couple of hundred feet altitude, there wasn’t much detail missed by a curious youngster of six or seven. As an adult I learned that particular flight was intended for Edwards AFB but had to turn back due to mechanical issues.
The wingspan matches that of the successful B-2 bomber. Back then, we knew how to design such a plane but we didn’t know how to make it handle properly as there were no computers to assist in controlling such a difficult airframe. Today, the successor to this early design operates in a stealth mode, making it nearly impossible to identify on radar. Actually a chicken bounces back a better radar signature than the B-2 bomber.
None of the jet powered planes were saved but a few of the earlier propeller driven ones can be found stored in some desert boneyards.
Models are hand made in America using “rescued” woods from many sources that might otherwise be burned or buried.