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Jack Northrop and the Flying Wing - The Real Story Behind the Stealth Bomber by Ted Coleman is a hardcover book published in 1988, 284 pages in length and 6.2 x 9.2 inches in size. This book is a history of Jack Northrop, early aviation pioneer and founder of the Northrop Corporation in the early 1930s.
Jack Northrop conceived of the idea of a flying wing in 1940 and actually built a propeller-powered bomber prototype that flew with excellent performance. After WWII, the flying wing bomber was converted to jet power (YB-49) which further improved the performance. However, due to politics at the Pentagon, the US Air Force opted for the Consolidated B-36 to fulfill the role of an inter-continental bomber. The Air Force then ordered all YB-49 Flying Wing bomber prototypes to be destroyed.
Nevertheless, Jack Northrop lived to see early designs of the B-2 Stealth Bomber - a Flying Wing design - just before his death in 1981.
Ted Coleman, the author, worked very closely with Jack Northrop as vice-president of sales at Northrop Corporation and therefore was eminently qualified to tell "The Real Story Behind the Stealth Bomber".
A total of 83 black-and-white photographs are included in the book to help tell the story of the various aircraft produced by Jack Northrop and the Northrop Corporation.