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Air Force Military Aircraft: Rockwell XB-70 Supersonic Bomber "Valkyrie", Images by Wernher Krutein and PHOTOVAULT®

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North American's XB-70 Valkyrie was designed to carry nuclear weapons deep into enemy territory by flying higher and faster than enemy defense could muster at the time of design. There were incredible design challenges the engineers had to confront with such a revolutionary aircraft. The use of honeycomb metal fabrication was used for the first time.

The XB-70 number one, with the tail number 20001 (generally referred to s AV/1 (Air Vehicle/1) or Ship 1) was rolled out of its hanger at North American's Palmdale, California facility on May 11th, 1964. On October 12th, 1964, the Valkyrie burst through the sound barrier for the first time after many progressive test flights. The second XB-70, which differed in many important aspects from the first, was destroyed in a tragic mid-air collision during an aerial photography flight. The accident killed two test pilots and effectivly killed the project.

The North American XB-70 is a Mach 3+ bomber. It could reach an altitude in excess of 70,000 feet. This aircraft represented a major advancement in aeronautical design. The XB-70 was larger than a B-52, with a speed comparable to a SR-71, a shape more like that of a fighter, it is the direct opposite of the B-2. Where the B-2 is subsonic, the XB-70 travels at over Mach 3. Where the B-2 is invisible to radar, the XB-70 is easily detected and tracked. The wing tips could fold down as much as 65 degrees to take advantage of compression lift.

Only two X series aircraft were built before the program was canceled. It became apparent that speed and altitude were not the driving force in survivability. By 1961, following the shooting down of the U-2 flown by Gary Powers over Russia, it became obvious that the performance of surface-to-air missiles were improving much faster than that of manned aircraft. Following a tedious bitter debate, it was decided that the XB-70 would not be a viable bomber platform, and the XB-70 program was canceled. The Air Force bowed out of the program first leaving NASA to finish out flight tests.

On February 4th, 1969, the only remaining XB-70, the AV/1 took off for her eighty-second, and final flight, to the Air Force Museum at Wright Field, in Dayton, Ohio. Today, the Valkyrie resides inside the modern aviation hanger, where it remains as a primary exhibit at this great Museum.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Country: USA
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Designation: XB-70
Type: Bomber
Service Dates: 1964 to 1969
Length: 194'-0"
Wingspan: 105'-0"
Height: 30'-0"
Empty Weight: 300,000
Gross Weight: 542,000
Maximum Speed: 2,000 mph @ 70,000 feet
Maximum Range: 7,600 miles
Maximum Altitude: 74,000 ft
Number of Crew: 4 (2 in prototypes)
Engine Type: Turbojet
Engine Manufacturer: General Electric
Engine Designation: J93 x 6
Engine Thrust: 30,000 lbs each in non-afterburner mode


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