All about Glen Edwards, the U.S. Air Force test pilot who gave his name to Edwards Air Force Base in California, with added material on his military service in World War II and the Northop YB-49 Flying Wing and Horten nurflügel aircraft

Cowboy: interpreter, warlord, one more casualty



Glen Edwards: The Diary of a Bomber Pilot is now available in paperback. The text has been updated from the 1998 Smithsonian Institution Press hardcover, with photographs and an analysis of Jack Northrop's flawed "Flying Wing" bomber, which killed Glen Edwards and Danny Forbes in 1949. Also available in digital format from Amazon stores worldwide - Apple iBooks Store - Barnes & Noble - Inktera - Kobo - Scribd. Or a new, signed copy of the original hardcover book can be ordered from Warbird Books on (These are remaindered copies and may have a bit of shelf wear.)

Edwards's story is mostly told in his own words, taken from the diary he kept from the first day as an aviation cadet to the day before he died in the fiery crash of the Northrop YB-49. As co-author, I introduce the man, bridge the gaps in his diary, and explain the virtues and the drawbacks of the planes he flies, whether as a bomber pilot in the North Africa desert or as an Air Force test pilot at Wright Field and Muroc--now known as Edwards Air Force Base. "Ford ... is blessed with a splendid writing style and understands the modern Air Force, wrote the reviewer for Air & Space magazine. "Reading his book is a real treat." For more, go here.

the Glen Edwards diaries

Diary of a Bomber Pilot:

V-Mail from the war zone
Grim Reapers in North Africa (chapter 3)
Table of contents and author's note
A Glen Edwards photo album
How to buy the book (and why you should :)

The flying wing + nurflügel files:

David Myhra's books about the Horten all-wings
Jack Northrop lectures the Royal Aeronautical Society
General Robert Cardenas recalls the YB-49 ...
... and so does Northrop test pilot Charlie Tucker
A Flying Wing bibliography
Notes on the Horten all-wing aircraft
Prince Albert meets the Flying Wing (1942 advertisement)
A ring in the desert (Danny Forbes's wedding ring found)
Jack Northrop's flying-wing airliner
Horten Ho 229 Spirit of Thuringia (Andrei Shepelev & Huib Ottens)

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