Valkyrie: North American's Mach 3 Superbomber

Valkyrie: North American's Mach 3 Superbomber

by Dennis R. Jenkins, Tony R. Landis
     
 

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The Valkyrie is one of the icons of modern aviation, which is curious considering only two were built and they flew just 164 times. Like the Maiden it was named for, the Valkyrie awed those around it. Beautiful in form, and almost unbelievable in function, the B-70 would have been the ultimate incarnation of Curtis LeMay's vision of a strategic bomber. The

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The Valkyrie is one of the icons of modern aviation, which is curious considering only two were built and they flew just 164 times. Like the Maiden it was named for, the Valkyrie awed those around it. Beautiful in form, and almost unbelievable in function, the B-70 would have been the ultimate incarnation of Curtis LeMay's vision of a strategic bomber. The half-million pound aircraft was capable of flying over 2,000 miles per hour in excess of 80,000 feet, and doing it for hours at a time. Fantastic as the Valkyrie appeared, it was not to be. The political and fiscal climate that existed during the 1960s strangled - then killed - the aircraft almost before it was born. This is the story of the largest Mach 3 aircraft ever flown - the North American Aviation XB-70A Valkyrie. Dennis R. Jenkins and Tony R. Landis have conducted extensive research in military, NASA, and company archives to find previously uncovered aspects of this fascinating program. Included are descriptions of the proposed bombing and navigation systems, defensive armament, electronic countermeasures, and early attempts at stealth technology. Accompanied by over 250 photos and dozens of illustrations, this in-depth history covers the entire B-70 program, not just the two aircraft that ultimately flew.

Editorial Reviews

Scott Van Aken
To put it simply, this book is a must have for any aviation enthusiast.
Modeling Madness
IPMS
Recommended. If you're interested in aicraft development in the late 50s/early 60s, this book has a lot of information on projects which just never got off the drawing board, often for really good reasons.
—Jim Pearsall
Internet Modeler
Anything and everything you could want to know about the XB-70 is in this book. Excellent narrative and awesome photos.
—Chris Banyai-Riepl
Hyperscale
This is an excellent book for both the modeller as well as the armchair enthusiast.
—Rodger Kelley
Model Aircraft Monthly
I'm certain enthusiasts everywhere will welcome these affordable reprints of landmark titles. If you missed any of them the first time around, you're in luck now. All three deserve spots in every aviation library. Strongly recommended.
—David L. Veres

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580070720
Publisher:
Specialty Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Dennis R. Jenkins is a consulting engineer in Cape Canaveral, Florida, working on various aerospace projects including 20 years on the Space Shuttle and several on the stillborn X-33 program. He is the author of more than 30 other works on aerospace history.

Tony R. Landis was born and raised in Southern California and joined the Air Force right out of high school. He has had a life-long interest in aerospace history, and images from his photo collection have been published in hundreds of publications. He has been listed as a contributing photographer, editor, and artist in Wings/Airpower magazine and has worked at the NASA Dyden Flight Research Center for several years. Landis has authored several aviation books for Specialty Press.

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