The XP-79 was initially designed as a rocket-powered flying wing and featured a cockpit where the pilot lay in the prone position, which theoretically allowed him to withstand up to 20 Gs. A contract for three XP-79s was signed in January 1943 and subsequently subcontracted to Avion Inc. The third aircraft ordered (S/N 43-52437) was redesigned for turbojet engines, designated XP-79B, and delivered in June 1945. The first flight of the aircraft resulted in tragedy, when on Sept. 12, 1945, after only 14 minutes in the air, the XP-79B began an uncontrollable roll from which the pilot was unable to recover. The project was cancelled following the accident.
Rocket-powered; three ordered; canceled
Jet-powered flying wing
TECHNICAL NOTES: Armament: None; designed for four .50-cal. machine guns Engines: Two Westinghouse 19B turbojets of 1,150 lbs. thrust each Maximum speed: 547 mph Span: 38 ft. 0 in. Length: 14 ft. 0 in. Height: 7 ft. 6 in. Crew: One (in prone position)