Sundog said:How about the Northrop Flying Wing Transport from the 40's
I've always thought that a cargo version of this one with a set of clamshell doors at the back of the center section, instead of the lounge, would look good.
KJ_Lesnick said:I'm looking around for any significant data on the N-31 and N-31A.
I've been searching google and I've found little more than silhouettes and data about one variant having turboprops and another with six engines (jet). I'm uncertain what kind of payload it had and when the project began
NUSNA_Moebius said:Moreso than the cancellation of the B-35/49 program (and it's conspiracy theories), to me, the worst part is the literal theft of the XT-37 from Northrop. As great as jet engines are, in the era before turbofans, turboprops made too much sense for many roles and had so much potential that was never realized in the West. Seems the N-31 or a purely turboprop B-47 1 would've made the basis for a good Navy ASW patrol aircraft. It would be interesting for someone to calculate the fuel savings over the years for some of the viable aircraft that could've made do having their turbojets replaced with turboprops despite the slight loss in cruise speed and increased maintenance.
I guess turboprops were just not sexy enough.......
Could it be time for commercial tailless flying wings? A cutaway illustration shows the interior of a proposed flying wing commercial airliner developed by Northrop in 1951 from the commercial passenger variant of the YB-49/YB-35 flying wings. #NorthropGrumman #FlyingWingFriday