NORTH AMERICAN VALKYRIE XB-70 - WBT Vol. 34
The North American XB-70 Valkyrie was an attempt to build the ultimate offensive weapon for the Cold War -- a heavy bomber capable of flying at Mach 3 and reaching targets deep inside the Soviet Union. The aircraft that emerged was one of the most graceful large aircraft ever to fly, and one that looked every bit as fast on the ground as in the air -- over 2,000 mph at high altitude. It was light years ahead of its time. But politics and changing requirements ultimately doomed the Valkyrie program to only two aircraft. Neither was a true prototype of a weapons system, and instead was used to test the concept of such a large aircraft flying so fast.
The authors have uncovered a great deal of new material on the XB-70 program -- both on the aircraft as flown and on what the proposed production aircraft would have looked like had they been built. The book features many never-before-seen photographs and drawings and includes offensive and defensive weapons systems details. The authors also attempt to place the aircraft in historical perspective with the politics and economic realities that caused its cancellation.
"The Warbird Tech Series by Specialty Press of North Branch, MN has become the new benchmark for detailed technical and historic coverage of all types of aircraft, and this 34th entry in the series undeniably breaks new ground."
-- July 2002 review in Air Power Magazine
PLEASE NOTE: The photos in this edition are black and white. This is a print on demand (POD) book that will ship separately from other items in your order. POD books are printed as they are ordered and shipped to you directly from the printer. No additional shipping charges are necessary – and our same customer satisfaction is guaranteed.
8-1/2 x 11 inches
172 b/w photos
ID #: SP056P