Too Much, Too Soon
- By General Robert L. Cardenas, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) As told to James P. Busha
- Air & Space magazine, July 2009
NASM (SI Neg. #93-11863~A)
(Page 3 of 3)
General Boyd sent Major Russ Schleeh out to spot-check some of the flight data that Glenn and I had collected. After Russ made three flights in the Wing, he confirmed our data points and concurred with our thoughts on the YB-49. On a later flight attempt, the nose gear collapsed out on a Muroc lakebed, destroying the last of the test aircraft and almost killing Russ. That ended the program.
Robert Cardenas retired from the U.S. Air Force after 34 years of service.
A police detective lieutenant by day and an aviation writer by night, Jim Busha takes frequent breaks in his 1943 Aeronca L-3.