Turbo-Prop Flying Wing

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This design, which first took to the air in 1946 utilised the concept of an all-wing aircraft without the drag of fuselage and tail. A debt is owed to the Horten brothers whose work in Germany before and during the war pioneered the 'Flying Wing' design. Despite the excellent aerodynamics the project was doomed to failure: several prototypes were built but the complicated array of gear-boxes and shafts associated with conta-rotating propellers led to unacceptable mechanical problems.

The lessons learned were not lost: the USAF B2 bomber is a direct decendant of this arcraft.

Span: 52.43m (172') Height: 6.4m (20' 1") Max. Speed: 634 km/h (394 mph)