The Northrop "Flight Wing" X-216H (bottom right) and a plane built by Great Lakes Aircraft Company soar above Union Airport (Bob Hope Airport) in Burbank. Jack Northrop, who designed the "Flight Wing", felt that going with an all-wing aircraft would significantly increase overall performance. By 1929 he had produced the X-216H which, while it still used a small twin-boom tail, included a more refined wing and became the first successful example of an all-wing plane. The Great Lakes Aircraft Company was formed in 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio at the former site of the Martin Aircraft Company. The manufacturer built civilian biplanes, float planes, as well as biplane torpedo bombers under contract to the US Navy. The model of plane shown here is not identified. Photo dated: December 13, 1929.
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