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XB-70 Vs. Original B-70?  
User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 20
Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8378 times:

By what the XB-70 (which by the way is f*ckin huge!) looked like, anyone should be able to see there is nearly no practical room for payload, the engines take up the entire undersurface profile. The XB-70 shape might have been for pure experimentation. What about the original B-70 plane, how could it have gone Mach 3 with a payload?

The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30408 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8310 times:

Actually I think there was provisions for a B-29 sized bombbay between the engine ducts.

During the test program it oddly enough held test gear.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13602 posts, RR: 76
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 8086 times:

One of the reasons it was axed, it could only eject free fall nukes out of a bomb bay, presumably do recce too, but the SR-71 had that covered.

Look at the shape, what a huge radar target, it's very impressive performance might have made a SA-2 hit difficult, but not a SA-5, of course the threat of the B-70 compelled to USSR to build a quick and dirty response in the shape of the Mig-25.

A fabulous aircraft, deviod of a mission, stand off weapons on B-52s, ICBMs, SLBMs all sufficed, unlike the B-52, the B-70 was not suitable for adapting to conventional missions.

User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8056 times:

The XB-70 had a bomb bay forward of the engines. The engine duct work wrapped around it. The doors would slide backwards instead of opening like a clamshell.

I am curious if the test program ever progressed to doing any test drops.

It has long been the showpiece of the, now titled, National Museum of the United States Air Force. The nose boom does appear to be sagging a bit since it was delivered to the museum in Feb 1969.

Here is a link to the museum's web page on the Valkyrie: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/bombers/b5/b5-67.htm

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User currently offlineLurch From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7905 times:


If you go on to the NASA DRYDEN website they have film footage of the XB-70 in test operations the Films have no sound but show all the Subsonic parts of the test flying and are in Colour they are also down loadable!

DRYDEN beeing the Civil name for EDWARDS air force Base!

User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 66
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7792 times:

Actually saw one of these in flight once. It was in July, August or early September 1965. We were at Fort Ord, near Monterey, California and it was making a turn overhead, back down toward EDW.

It served one great purpose.

It may have been the single most beautiful thing man ever made from metal.

Go to the Dryden site and download the picture of it in high altitude flight. The sky is blue-black and the underside of the plane is lit light blue by Earth's albedo. So cool!

Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
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