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An experimental very-long-range flying-wing strategic bomber developed during and after World War II (a derivative of the piston-engined XB-35); it first flew in late 1947, but fell victim to extreme handling difficulties, limited payload capacity, and poor high-speed performance, with only three being built (two of which were destroyed in crashes).

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Is it coincidence that the B-2 and YB-49 flying wings have exactly the same wingspan?

Development of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit began as far back as 1979; however, this was nearly thirty years after the last flight of Northrop's earlier flying wing the YB-49. There aren't many ...