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#AA-4009   1/144 scale  Northrop YB-49  Forerunner of the B-2 Spirit

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

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93 resin parts

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Clear resin canopies, decal

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Span 364 mm

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Length 112 mm

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Unit price: US$82

Shipping charge: US$14

Each model kit contents 1 sheet of decal. Extra  decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$2.00

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Aircraft History and Specification

In 1941, as Britain fall to German invasion was seemed imminent, the USAAC opened up a competition for a very long-range bomber that would have to reach Europe directly from North America. Northrop and Consolidated were selected for the development of two prototypes that designated the XB-35 and XB-36. Numerous technical problems delayed both two projects which could not be ready for use in WWII. In 1946, the XB-35 finally completed and made its first flight. However, the propeller-driven B-35 was definitely outdated as it was too slow for the era of jet propulsion. The Air Force decided to authorize modification of two YB-35s by installing eight jet engines. These two aircrafts were redesignated YB-49. The first YB-49 made a significant flight in 1948. It was proved quite successful until the second YB-49 crashed while performing speed runs at altitude. Flight testing revealed stability problems which could not be corrected with existing technology. The Air Force decided to order the B-36D to meet the requirement for a long-range strategic bomber. The YB-49 program was cancelled in 1950 while the first prototype was totally destroyed in an accident fire.

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Long-range strategic heavy bomber

To build for the development of a long-range bomber

172ft.

53ft.1in.

20ft.3in.

8x General Electric J34-A-5 turbojet engine

495 mph

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32,000kg bomb load / 4x 0.50in. machine gun

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Model References

The Northrop YB-49 package contents secret kits of three 1/144 U.S. early jet airplanes as bonus:

The Northrop YB-49 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Post war U.S.A.F. bomber

Convair B-36 Peacemaker

Douglas XB-42 (XA-42) Mixmaster

Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster

Boeing XB-44 (B-29D) Superfortress

North American B-45 Tornado

Convair XB-46

Boeing B-47 Startojet

Martin XB-48

Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing

Boeing B-50 Superfortress

Martin XB-51 (XA-45)

Boeing B-52 Startofortress

Convair XB-53 (XA-44)

Boeing XB-54 (B-50C)

Boeing XB-55

Boeing XB-56 (B-47C)

Martin B-57 Canberra

Convair B-58 Hustler

Boeing XB-59

Convair YB-60

Martin B-61A (TM-61) Matador

Northrop XB-62 (SM-62) Snark

Boeing B-63 (GAM-63) Rascal

North American XB-64 (SM-64) Navaho

Convair XB-65 (SM-65 / X-11 / X-12) Altas

Douglas B-66 (A-3) Destroyer

Radioplane XB-67 (GAM-67) Crossbow

Martin XB-68 (SM-68) Titan

Lockheed RB-69A (P2V-7U / SP-2H) Neptune

North American XB-70 Valkryie

Lockheed XB-71 (SR-71 / A-11 / YF-12A) Blackbird

Northrop flying wing family

Northrop XP-56 Black Bullet

Northrop XP-79B Flying Ram

Northrop MX-324/334

Northrop N-9M Test-bed

Northrop XB-35 Flying Wing

Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing

Northrop B-2 Spirit

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Post war U.S. experimental aircraft