posted on Aug, 9 2008 @ 10:42 PM
YB-49 was not a top secret project; it was a very public project. They flew it across the country and over DC. Truman even got a chance to take a
look at it when it landed at Andrews AFB. Test footage of the plane was even used in the original World of the Worlds movie. It was an offshoot of
the YB-35 program.
The YB-35 was a prop driven bomber that had great promise. It had a range of almost 10,000 miles and a bomb load greater then any other bomber of the
time. Problem was that the Air Force did not want prop planes any more; so it was redesigned and turned into a jet--the YB-49 program. As a jet it
was a big flop. The early jet engines just did not have the range and endurance needed for a good bomber. Add to this the control issues due to the
tailless design and it just did not work. All the data from both these did go into the development of the B2.