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Northrop history in L.A.

Northrop Aircraft Co. founder Jack Northrop, right, and pilot Edward Bellande in 1929 with the original “flying wing,” a design that evolved into the B-2 stealth bomber decades later. (Northrop)
Northrop Aircraft Co.'s factory in Hawthorne in 1940 as seen from a Goodyear airship. (Kopec Photo Co.)
Northrop Corp.'s five-story executive offices at Wilshire Boulevard and Linden Drive in Beverly Hills. The $1-million structure was designed by Welton Becket & Associates in 1959. (Welton Becket & Associates)
Northrop Grumman Corp.‘s headquarters in Century City in January 2010, when the company announced it would move its corporate headquarters to the Washington area.  (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Jack Northrop with the flying wing in 1946. (Los Angeles Times)
A Northrop employee works on an eight-jet flying wing in Hawthorne in the 1940s. ()
A 100-ton Northrop YB-49 bomber after takeoff from Muroc Air Force Base (later renamed Edwards Air Force Base) during its first transcontinental flight to Washington in 1949.  (Northrop)
Northrop workers prepare to paint a B-2 stealth bomber at the company’s plant in Palmdale. (Northrop Grumman)
A B-2 stealth bomber flies over the 2005 Rose Parade in Pasadena. At its height, the B-2 program involved about 40,000 aerospace workers around the country. (Los Angeles Times)
Workers at Northrop Grumman’s plant in Palmdale assemble a Global Hawk unmanned aircraft in December 2009. (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)
An F-35 fighter jet lands at Edwards Air Force after completing a test flight Oct. 23, 2008. The center fuselages of the nation’s next-generation fighter jet are built by Northrop Grumman. (Los Angeles Times)
Northrop Grumman’s robotic Fire Scout helicopter flies over the Atlantic Ocean. The aircraft is under development at a Northrop facility in Rancho Bernardo.  (Alan Gragg / U.S. Navy)
Northrop Grumman makes the center fuselages for the F/A-18 fighter jet in El Segundo. (Northrop Grumman / McDonnell Douglas)