Aviation Photo #0322713 North American XB-70A Valkyrie - USA - Air Force

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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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    Dayton - Wright-Patterson AFB (Wright AFB)
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    March 1988
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Anonymous
9 years ago
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?
Anonymous
7 years ago
Probably not. Sadly. This is one of the greatest machines ever built.
Anonymous
7 years ago
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.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nose looks like donald duck.....ha ha ha! great aero engineering.....vips06
Anonymous
7 years ago
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?
Anonymous
7 years ago
Sistersip of russian built Sukhoi-100 supersonic nuclear bomber
Anonymous
6 years ago
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.
Anonymous
6 years ago
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.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Looks like a swan!
Anonymous
6 years ago
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.
Anonymous
6 years ago
It looks sad :( such a bizzare but beautiful plane :)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Just bizarre
Anonymous
6 years ago
It looks like a sad dog with funny ears. ^(*_*)^
Anonymous
6 years ago
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.
Anonymous
5 years ago
I think it looks kinda ugly but kinda cool at the same time
Anonymous
5 years ago
What a sad little puppy !!
Anonymous
5 years ago
At least it's still got a smile on it's face : )
Anonymous
5 years ago
I thought it was russian T-100, but it isn't.
Anonymous
5 years ago
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.
Anonymous
5 years ago
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!
Anonymous
4 years ago
This airplane is now in one of the Museum hangers, truly a magnificent design!
Anonymous
4 years ago
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"
Anonymous
1 year ago
This fantastic bird was completely renovated this past year and repainted in all its glory. This like new aircraft was moved recently into its new home inside the newest hanger at the US Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio. A fitting home for this out of this world design.
Anonymous
1 year ago
Interesting aircraft. How does the crew get into the cockpit???

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