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B-58A Hustler 1/72 Model
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Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/72 scale model measures 16 ¾" in length and has a wingspan of 9 ¾". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the included mahogany base.
YB-49A Flying Wing 1/100 Model
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Made of Philippine mahogany, this 1/100 scale model measures 6" in length and has a wingspan of 21". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the included mahogany base.
To: Jeff Dyrek
Hello: My name is Craig Boissy and I am something of an amateur historian who loves WWII & the cold war. You are probably already very aware of some of or even all of what I am about to tell you; But just in case no one has already written you on this............................
The US Government
did indeed twist Jack Northrop's arm to merge with Convair its
competitor in general and specifically its immediate competition for
the long range bomber contract. Of course you can be rest assured
that Convair only wanted to buy out the competition to put them out
of business not because they were going to do anything with wing
technology. There were many improprieties they were well known at the
time and that's why Northrop could not be killed off entirely. A lot
of very embarrassing stuff would have kept whirling around a lot
longer and then it did. Also there would almost certainly have been
more serious investigations into the matter. Some of those
improprieties were things like The chief of the Air Force ( General
McNarney ) sitting in on a meeting between Jack Northrop and the
president of Convair to discuss possible consolidation. This in and of
itself was at the time illegal and unethical. Further General
McNarney was a major stock holder in Convair. Guess what happened at a
meeting he was not even supposed to be at? He did all the talking
and threatened and cursed at Jack Northrop telling him he had " GOD
DAMNED better merge or he would never make another plane " Yep and it
gets better the good General was up for retirement and he was going
to be looking for a top level job in aerospace. Guess who had one
waiting for him? It wasn't Boeing, Martin or Hughes. Finally in the
end though the Hardball politics did not do in the Flying Wing; it
was a series of serious mishaps leading to the death of some of the
best test pilots of the day including Glenn Edwards. There were a
great many in explicable things about those crashes and suspicion
turned to an aviation maintenance mechanic who had been responsible
for for checking the engine cooling systems on all 3 of the wings
which had fatal crashes. Guess what ? they found him dead out in the
middle of the desert. There is more....much more but you get the
picture. The wing was flawed and once it was converted to jet power it
did not have the range of the B-36 it then became competition for the
B-47 which had already been excepted and was faster. Still it had
possibilities. Which is why the Government kept funding it. In the end
the technical and practical considerations which probably would have
favored Convair anyway ( at least in the short term ) had nothing to do
with the death of the flying wing and the blackballing of Northrop
it was back room dirty deals , politics and quite possibly sabotage
B-2 Spirit 1/100 Model
Pre Built Molded Resin Model
Made of durable molded resin, this 1/100 scale model measures 8" in length and has a wingspan of 20 ½". Hand painted and detailed, model comes ready to display on the included mahogany base.
Vickers Valiant B.1 1/144 Die Cast Model
No. 49 Squadron, Operation Grapple, Christmas Island, 1957
Replicating the specially modified Vickers Valiant B.1 flown by No. 49 Squadron, Royal Air Force, in 1957's Operation Grapple (the code name given to the British hydrogen bomb tests carried out over the Pacific Ocean), this limited edition, 1/144 scale, die cast Corgi model features textured surfaces, simulated cockpit windows that replicate the metal anti-flash window screens of the original, optional-position landing gear, authentic markings, and more. 9" long with a 9½" wingspan; includes a display stand.
Avro Vulcan B2
South end Preservation Pl
Limited edition 1/144 scale model of Avro Vulcan #XL426, which entered service in the early 1970s, saw action in the Falklands, and was withdrawn from service in 1984. Today, this aircraft can be seen at South end Airport where it is owned by the Vulcan Memorial Supporters Club who support its continued preservation. Includes stand.
I noticed you have a model of Avro Vulcan XL 462 but the facts on it are completely wrong! Now I know this because I am one of the engineers that works on Avro Vulcan XL 462 at South end Airport. First of all it never saw action in the Falklands conflict or any where for that matter, secondly it retired from service in 1986 after serving the Vulcan Display Flight for two years, thirdly it entered service in 1962 and lastly we are called the Vulcan Restoration Trust not 'Vulcan Memorial Supporters Club'
South end Airport is in the small coastal town of South end near London, UK. If you are based in the US then the only Vulcan I know of in the states is the one at a aerospace museum in California.
Many thanks Jamie Everett
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In attempting to analyze the role of luck in war, a rather narrow definition of luck is necessary. The conventional dictionary definitions of luck are “a force that brings good fortune or adversity” and “the events or circumstances that operate for or against an individual.” Those definitions are so broad that they would appear to cover many, perhaps most, events in war. There is in literature an old expression, deus ex machina, a translation into Latin of the original Greek thēos ek mechanēs. While it literally translates as “a god from a machine”, its meaning is a person or thing that appears or is introduced suddenly and unexpectedly and provides a contrived solution to an apparently insoluble difficulty. In the book a similar but probably unique concept, felix ex machina, will be used to denote certain extreme instances of luck which was relatively sudden, completely unexpected with dramatic consequences, good or bad, in war.
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Dear Jeff, I am writing you a quick note about the Northrop YB-49 flying wing bomber per your request on the web site. I worked for the Northrop corporation as a preliminary design engineer during the development of the current B-2 Spirit in 1982, and had access to the company records and flight data of the original flying wing bomber, which I absorbed with fascination.
The flying qualities of the original B-49 were better than all of it's contemporaries, it flew stable and was very maneuverable compared to it's competitors, it held both payload, range and point to point speed records at the time, and it was also recognized at having a very low radar signature (radar was a relatively new technology at the time, and considered a major future threat).
The persistent rumors of poor flying qualities and stability problems are out right lies and speculations by so-called "experts". They stem from a tragic accident that had nothing to do with the flight qualities. The flight crew during had exceeded it's design load factor during flight test of the flying proto-type . They were doing high g "pull-ups" from shallow dives and exceeded the flight envelope as outlined in the flight test plan. No one knows for sure why, but perhaps control felt good to the flight crew and did not realize the danger they were in pushing the proto-types limits, or perhaps the clean design caused them to exceed the design speed faster than expected. In any case they overloaded the airframe and sheared off the outer wing panels at high g. The investigation report stated these outer wing panels were failed upwards. On a swept wing design this is the equivalent of losing the horizontal tail on a conventional design. And it tumbled end over end to Murdoc dry lake below with the loss of everyone on board (the same way a conventional aircraft would without a horizontal tail). The pilot name was Edwards, and the air force base bears his name.
Despite this loss, the newly formed air force was so impressed with the design after the then required fly-off of all the competing designs, they placed large orders to replace all of their old Army Airfare bombers. There was a crooked senator who was chairman of the equivalent to today's Armed forces Appropriations Committee who was offered some sort of stock option if the contract went to Consolidated Vultee (later to become Convair). After the contract was granted to Northrop after the production had began, and after qualifying of the first production examples had began, this senator had called Jack Northrop personally and told him that the government did not want to support a lot of smaller companies in the post war period and he would have to merge with Consolidated Vultee to keep the contract. He found out that it was not a merger, but rather a take over of his company that he had started some years before the war. He called the senator back and said no thanks, a week later the contract was illegally canceled and all the production aircraft and tooling ordered scraped. And one of the worst bombers the US has ever bought, the Consolidated Vultiee B-36 became our front line bomber. Several years later this senator was investigated and Jack Northrop had perjured himself on the stand because he was afraid of his company being black listed. Despite that the senator went to jail for corruption.
I have more details, dates, names, etc. available somewhere in my files at home. If you want to know more I will be happy to dig them up for you. This was all detailed at about the time of Jack Northrop's death in 1979 (I think) in the Los Angeles Times newspaper. I may have even kept the article somewhere, and I know I have more information in some of my personal files.
Many people who are familiar with the advantages of the all wing design for long range heavy lifters (as in freight or bomber aircraft) think if it was not for this corruption, many air liners today would have been all wing designs. While at Northrop I had run across drawings and a performance report of using the B-49 design as the basis for a passenger airliner. The rows of seats ran span wise within the wing, the windows were all in the wing leading edge, giving all the passengers a pilots eye view of the flight
Some of the details I have outlined above may not be quite correct since I wrote this from memory, but I will be happy to go find what I have on this shameful event in us the flying wing history. It is good see someone is still offering a model of the history making, even if ahead of it's time, YB-49 bomber. The father of our current front line B-2 bomber. I also have a number of personal experiences to relate about how and why the B-2 bomber came about, if you are interested.
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