Last Operating Northrop N-9M Crashes In California

The world’s only still operating 1944 Northrop N-9M Flying Wing plane crashed just after noon on 22th April in the yard of the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, killing the pilot on board.

A witness described the plane as “dipping” left and right before the fatal crash. No bystanders have been injured. The plane was maintained by the Planes Of Fame air museum in Chino, which specializing in keeping historic aircrafts in flying condition. In the statement the organization released, they said “the flight was being conducted in preparation for the upcoming Planes of Fame Airshow where it was scheduled to fly.”

The N9-M was a series of four 1/3 scale test models built in 1944 for the Northrop XB-35, the one involved in the crash was the fourth and final of it. The design of the XB-35 was the basis of the widely known B-2 Stealth Bomber.

The NTSB and the FAA are investigating the crash, but they have not released the name of the pilot because of the pending notification of family, neither any causes of the crash.

Photo: planesoffame.org