Placelowerplace Report This Comment
Date: February 23, 2007 08:57PM
There is only one Original Flying wing that still exsists. It is in Chino
California, also there, is the only Mitsubishi Zero in the world that is still
If you Stall the flying wing, you must force it into a spin to enable the stall
recovery otherwise the wing will tople along the longitudinal axis until it
Air Force Guy Report This Comment
Date: February 23, 2007 10:15PM
The B-2, "Stealth Bomber" is based on the flying wing design, but it
has absolutely no vertical control surfaces at all. Covered in
"teflon" paint to absorb radar waves, each B-2 costs around $2 billion
taxpayer dollars per copy -- and they don't even fly at supersonic speeds.
The flying wing was originally devised in order to maximize lift for heavy
payloads. Engineers were surprised by the wing's small radar signature. So
stealth was an unintended, benficial effect of the design.
Little known trivia: B-2 aircraft are rumored to have "after-coolers"
on the aircraft's engines (which are "inboard," contained within the
hull). These after-coolers mask the heat signature of engine exhaust in order
to increase the plane's "stealthiness."
All B-2's are assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster, Missouri.
Although the aircraft have been in service for more than 10 years, when they
take off or land during the day, traffic along Highway 50 and other local roads
nearly comes to a standstill as people pull over and get out of their cars to
see the strange, "alien-like" planes in flight.
quasi Report This Comment
Date: February 24, 2007 08:08AM
The B-2 actually has the same wingspan as the YB-49 (and it's predecessor, the
propeller driven YB-47). Because of stability problems, the flying wing concept
didn't become a viable platform until the availability of modern computers which
could make the thousands of minute control adjusments necessary for safe flight
in the B-2.
I saw a B-2 do a fly-by at an airshow and they're amazing.
Air Force Guy Report This Comment
Date: February 24, 2007 12:28PM
Nice info, quasi. The F-117 Stealth "Fighter" (which is not really a
fighter, but a light bomber) is also highly unstable in flight and would not be
practical without advanced computerized flight stabilization. The F-117's
inherent instability caused pilots to give it the nickname "Wobbly
If you watch an F-117 in flight, you can sometimes see large panels pop up and
lay back down -- just like the panels on NASCAR race cars which pop up if the
car spins out of control and starts skidding backwards.
I never understood the need for the B-2 when, for the same price, you can build
dozens of F-117s that are capable of doing the same job. One lucky shot on a
B-2 would cost us $2 billion, while it would take dozens of lucky shots on
F-117s to cost us the same amount. It just doesn't seem to add up. But both
planes are cool.
Anonymous Report This Comment
Date: February 27, 2007 11:57AM
The first flying wing was designed and built by the Nazi's.They were to be
on a one way mission to deliver nukes to the eastern seaboard of the United
Given a few more years of success it would be quite scary to think of the
Hitler would have possesed.Sound like a fantasy? Hitler made a newsreel
the entire aforementioned bombing raid and the U.S. has one of these babies
hidden in the back rooms of the Smithsonian institute.
Mr Happy Report This Comment
Date: March 15, 2007 09:35PM
Great pic and post. Thanks for the info you guys, it was very good reading for