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Picture of the North American XB-70A Valkyrie aircraft

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More: USA - Air Force
More: North American XB-70A Valkyrie
More: Dayton - Wright-Patterson AFB (Wright AFB) (DWF) (closed)
More: USA - Ohio, March 1988
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62-0001 (cn 278-1) USAF Museum. First of only two built. This Mach 3+ strategic bomber looks like a prehistoric bird. The program was cancelled and the XB-70 made its last flight to the Museum in Feb 69.
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A visitor from - posted Sat April 20, 2013:
I first became aware of this aircraft in the summer of '71 from a magazine article. The title was, "The Greatest of Them All". Ever since then that's the way I've always thought of this aircraft.
"The Greatest of Them All"

A visitor from United States posted Thu March 7, 2013:
This airplane is now in one of the Museum hangers, truly a magnificent design!

A visitor from Australia posted Tue September 11, 2012:
I love the design. Classic '60's technology producing something out of this world. The '60's produced so many advances that turned out to be ahead of their time. The outdoor resting place not fitting for this magnificent machine, it should be indoors and protected!

A visitor from - posted Tue September 11, 2012:
The termination of this project was NOT triggered by the crash - it had already been terminated when the crash occurred but they were still doing flying for R & D purposes...the crash ended that.

A visitor from - posted Tue September 11, 2012:
I thought it was russian T-100, but it isn't.

A visitor from Australia posted Tue September 11, 2012:
At least it's still got a smile on it's face : )

A visitor from Mauritius posted Sun April 15, 2012:
What a sad little puppy !!

A visitor from United States posted Fri March 30, 2012:
I think it looks kinda ugly but kinda cool at the same time

A visitor from Brazil posted Tue July 26, 2011:
It seems a model of an alien spaceship, from those old 'class C' science fiction movies. The only thing missing is the head moving from side to side ... ;-)) .. sorry, could't resist.

A visitor from - posted Tue July 26, 2011:
It looks like a sad dog with funny ears. ^(*_*)^

A visitor from - posted Tue July 26, 2011:
Just bizarre

A visitor from United States posted Sat July 23, 2011:
It looks sad :( such a bizzare but beautiful plane :)

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 9, 2011:
Geez. The nose gear is about 50' behind the pilot. In fact, it's not really nose gear at all. It's more like sternum gear.

A visitor from Singapore posted Fri March 18, 2011:
Looks like a swan!

A visitor from United States posted Tue February 8, 2011:
When the B-70 was first conceived, the Air Force thought they needed a very fast, high altitude strategic bomber; by the time they finally got the thing flying, high altitude "penetration" was "passe'" due to improvements in surface to air missiles; which then led to what they should have built in the first place.......the B-1A and B-1B, which fly the same mission, only at very low level.

A visitor from - posted Sun December 5, 2010:
Definitley an odd creature of American engineering. I particulary liked the framing and how it captures the most unique aspects of this aircraft. The forward fuselage, forward horizontal stabilizer, and nose gear attach point. Thank you for sharing.

A visitor from - posted Sat September 18, 2010:
Sistersip of russian built Sukhoi-100 supersonic nuclear bomber

A visitor from Czech Republic posted Mon August 16, 2010:
This is simply beautiful bird. Sadly, we will probably not see this bird flying ever again but it is still one of the best designs ever built. Can you imagine flying in a more than 50 metres long plane MACH 3 in 23 000 metres above the sea level?

A visitor from - posted Fri July 16, 2010:
Nose looks like donald duck.....ha ha ha! great aero engineering.....vips06

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue April 20, 2010:
The termination of the project was triggered by the fatal crash of one of the prototypes due to collision with a chase plane. From a design point this aircraft is still an example for todays aeronautics students looking at all the aerodynamic features for shock wave distribution, heat shielding and supersonic moment shift. A valuable part of aeronautical history.

A visitor from Sweden posted Fri March 19, 2010:
Probably not. Sadly. This is one of the greatest machines ever built.

A visitor from United States posted Tue March 4, 2008:
Like a huge blue heron spreading its wings... i always wonder: if this type had been entered into service would it still be flying for the usaf?

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