USAF family portrait | Aviation Week, December 26, 1949


Unusual photo shows most of USAF's top fighter and bomber types gathered for a "family portrait" at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. From front to rear, left to right, planes are: North American F-86 Sabre, holder of the world's official speed record (670.981 mph.); Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star; North American F-82 Twin Mustang night fighter; Republic F-84 Thunderjet; Northrop XB-49 Flying Wing; Convair B-36 intercontinental bomber; Boeing B-47 Stratojet, and North American B-45 Tornado. The B-49 is not included in present AF procurement plans. Absent from photo are such stalwarts as the Boeing B-29 and B-50, and newcomers like the Lockheed F-90, McDonnell F-88, and Northrop twin- jet F-89.