Aeroplane Monthly 1974-01
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B.Gunston - The all-wing Northrops (1)
The first Northrop flying wing of 1928, powered by a 90 h.p. Menasco Pirate engine.
View of the N-1M. Picture shows it in "ruptured weather-racked duck" configuration and powered by two 120 h.p. Franklyn engines.
View of the N-1M. Picture shows aircraft with planform approaching that of the later B-35 and YB-49. More than 200 flights were made with this aircraft.
View of the N-1M. Picture shows aircraft with planform approaching that of the later B-35 and YB-49. More than 200 flights were made with this aircraft.
The N-9M, the XB-35 research aircraft.
View of the XP-56 pursuit aircraft.
View of the XP-56 pursuit aircraft. Note contra-rotating propeller and minimal clearance of the lower vertical fin with the ground. The first example flew on September 6, 1943 at Muroc Dry Lake, piloted by John Myers.
The MX-324 powered by the XCAL-200 rocket engine. The undercarriage was non-retractable with the nose wheel offset to the left of the centre line. It achieved the distinction of being America's first military rocket plane.
The Northrop MX-324 Experimental Tail-less Glider. It was later fitted with an Aerojet rocket unit and was flown thus, reaching a speed of about 350 m.p.h. (560 km.h.).
The clean lines of the MX-324 are self evident.
View of the MX-324 glider, showing pilot entering the prone position cockpit.
View of the MX-324 glider, with hatches closed and pilot inside. Note absence of vertical tail surfaces.
Американское "Фау" - JB-1A с пульсирующим двигателем в полете
The JB-1A buzz bomb, manufactured in quantity for the US Army, carried nearly two tons of explosives in the wing centre section.
The XP-79 with four wheel undercarriage, prone pilot position and twin Westinghouse engines. The aircraft spun into the ground on its maiden flight after a control failure.