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Living History Flying Day - N9MB Flying Wing

Nov 4, 2017

WHAT: Open to the public, Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Day on November 4, 2017, featuring the Northrop N9MB Flying Wing. A speaker panel of distinguished aviation experts, historians and veterans is featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The Northrop N9MB Flying Wing will be on display and perform a flight demonstration (weather & other conditions permitting). At 12:00 noon, the Raffle Flight will occur. Become a member to enter the Raffle. All members are eligible to enter the Raffle, but you must be present to win.

This presentation will examine several of the test aircraft within the Museum’s collection and include presentations on the history of test flight, review some of the key individuals and milestones in aircraft testing, and give those in attendance a better understanding of the role of the test pilot during experimental, prototype, and operational test phases.

During this two-hour presentation, we will provide a survey of three test aircraft in the Museum’s collection – the Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket, the Ryan FR-1 Fireball, and the Northrop N9MB Flying Wing.  Additionally, Tony Johansing, a Planes of Fame Air Museum Tour Guide, will remember his grandfather – aviation pioneer Jack Northrop.  N9MB pilot David Volpat will relate what it’s like to fly the N9MB.  An overview of the history of Flight Test and some of the more notable test pilots and their accomplishments will serve as an introduction to members of the B-2 “Spirit” flight test program.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10am–12 noon: Speaker program & flight demonstration. Museum doors open at 9:00am.

: Planes of Fame Air Museum, 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA 91710-9085

The Museum is open to the Public, General Admission is $11; for children 11 yrs and under, admission is $4. ages 4 and under are FREE! (excludes special events) FREE Living History Flying Day Admission for Planes of Fame Members! Click here to become a Member!

Click here to get are coupon for $2.00 off one adult admission for this event!

Click on image at right to see the N9MB in action:


The keynote speakers to the event will be members of the Flight Test team for the Northrop-Grumman B-2 “Spirit” stealth bomber – the progeny of the Museum’s Northrop N9MB Flying Wing. Kevin Thompson (POF Moderator and Aviation Historian) moderates and joins in the presentation.

Don Weiss
joined Northrop Grumman in 1987 where he flew the NKC-135 Flying Test Bed and F-16 chase in support of B-2 flight test as well as flying as a B-2 test pilot and conducting production acceptance flight test.  Don continues today as the Northrop Grumman B-2 Chief Test Pilot, flying B-2 Flight Test and B-2 Programmed Depot Maintenance.

Don became a Naval Aviator in 1977 and did tours with MAG 31/VMFA 333 and later as a reserve with MAG 46/VMFA 134 and as CO MALS 46, flying F-4s and FA-18s.  After graduating from the USAF Test Pilot School in 1982 he flew as an Operational Test Pilot with OPTEVFOR/VX-4 flying the F-4, F-14, and FA-18.  Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the US Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the US Naval Post Graduate School.  He has logged over 6,900 flight hours in various types of aircraft.

Rick Reinert has over 30 years of flight test experience on multiple aircraft, and over 20 years of flight test experience on the B-2.  He developed the envelope expansion test program for the B-2 and later served as one of the onsite engineering managers during the B-2 Engineering Manufacturing Development (EMD) Test Program.  During B-2 EMD Rick was the on-site Manager responsible for systems development integration, and for flight test of the Digital Flight Control System, Radar System, Weapon Delivery Systems, Flight Management Systems, and Defensive Avionics Systems. 

Currently Rick is the Northrop Grumman Flight Test Integrated Product Team (IPT) Manager for the B-2 Enterprise, where he is responsible for all B-2 related flight test and ground test on aircraft.

Troy Johnson joined Northrop Grumman in January 2004 as Manager of Flight Test Engineering for the B-2 Program at Edwards Air Force Base.  He has served in follow on management assignments with increasing responsibility with the most recent assignment as Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Sector Chief Test Pilot in October 2013. 

Troy also served 21 years in the Air Force as a Test Pilot and Commander and has over 25 years of flight test and acquisition experience.  Troy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering from the US Air Force Academy, a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from California State University, and is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School.

: It is the Mission of Planes of Fame Air Museum to preserve aviation history, inspire interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. The Museum sponsors regular events in the form of inspirational experiences, educational presentations, flight demonstrations, and airshows in fulfillment of this mission.

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