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Holden Withington, 94, last of the six B-52 designers

Mr. Withington studied the idea of using swept-back wings for the B-52 (above, in 1997) in a wind tunnel. Below, he held a model of a supersonic transport jet that was never built. Mr. Withington studied the idea of using swept-back wings for the B-52 (above, in 1997) in a wind tunnel. Below, he held a model of a supersonic transport jet that was never built. (US AIR FORCE)
By Douglas Martin
New York Times / December 21, 2011
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On a Friday in 1948, six aeronautical designers from the Boeing Co. holed up in a hotel suite in Dayton, Ohio. They stayed put until Monday morning, except for the one who left to visit a hobby shop and returned with balsa wood, glue, carving tools, and silver paint.

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