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William Flanagan

Lt. Col. William A. Flanagan was inspired to his Air Force career by a childhood trading card of the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing. He flew combat missions in F-4 Phantoms during the Vietnam War, and NATO Cold War missions in Europe. As a test pilot, Flanagan was assigned to the Lockheed task force modifying the SR-71 Blackbird, and later became the 14th aviator to fly Northrop's B-2 Stealth Bomber, the direct descendant of the YB-49 Flying Wing on that childhood trading card. He is now retired...See more