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Northrop instead slapped on two 1,365 lbf Westinghouse J30 turbojet engines, ditched virtually all of the platform's existing weaponry, and instead armed it with magnesium-tipped wings capable of slicing through the tails and wings of enemy bombers.
originally posted by: Lonestar24
Nice story. But most of it is BS.
First, its a somewhat known urban myth that gets repeated in the pop-sci circles.
Second, The article is full of inaccuracies that do not make sense. For example, the wings werent "magnesium-tipped"; the whole aircrafts structure was to be made from magnesium.
Third, the whole construction doesnt make sense for a "ram-aircraft". Most glaringly, putting the pilot in the very nose and also in the prone position, which is notoriously difficult to bail out from. Also, the flying wing desing is inherently unstable and additionally would lose all control much more easily than a conventional plane AFTER an impact (which has more control surfaces and arguably better horizontal stabilization). Also, a flying wing is built for the advantages in weight and flight control. Both are probably not very interesting for a ram-aircraft.
Lastly, building a new, top of the line aircraft for the purpose of ramming is not efficient, even in military terms. In WW2, there were hundreds of obsolete models around.