Has Anyone Here Ever Seen The XB-70 Valkyrie At The Museum Of The USAF In Dayton?

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  1. Charley C

    Charley C

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    When I was watching G19Tony's video today of a U-2 landing on an aircraft carrier, I ran across this marvelous video of the XB-70 Valkyrie when it was still undergoing flight testing.

    Before I moved away from Ohio I only lived about an hour's drive from the Museum Of The USAF and I used to spend a lot of time there, so I have seen the only remaining copy of the XB-70 many times, and once while it was in the air. In spite of having studied it and read several books about it, I actually learned a few things about it that I didn't already know from watching this video. If you ever have a chance to visit Dayton, Ohio, I highly recommend visiting the Museum of The USAF and take a look at this unbelievable airplane.



    Vintage documentary about the XB-70 Valkyrie aircraft.


    The North American XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype version of the B-70 supersonic bomber proposed for the Strategic Air Command of the United States Air Force . Designed in the late 1950s , the Valkyrie was a large aircraft propelled by six turbo-reactors and capable of flying at Mach 3+ speeds at an altitude of 21,000 meters, which would have allowed it to avoid interceptors , the only effective anti- at that time.


    The introduction of effective high-altitude surface-to-air missiles, high program development costs, and changes in the technological environment with the introduction of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) led to the cancellation of the B-70 program in 1961 . Although the proposed fleet of B-70 bombers was canceled, two prototypes with the designation XB-70A were manufactured and used to conduct supersonic test flights from 1964 to 1969 . One prototype crashed after a mid-flight collision in 1966 ; The other is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio .
     
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    We spent a day there in 1979 during our move west. I would love to spend two or three days there.
     

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    Gee, feel like I'm a real contributor lately with the aircraft threads. I was in NROTC at Miami University and would occasionally go to Wright Pat and stay in the bachelor's officers quarters over the weekend to get away from things.

    One time I got the WP a few days after the B-70 landed. They parked it in the grass near the runway. No one was around so anyone could wander around it. I was surprised any pilot would have flown it there. Later I was briefly in the F-4 community and any pilot I'd fly with would have downed the bird. Brake lines were badly frayed, seemingly a general lack of maintenance in terms of replacing worn out parts.

    But...it is certainly a wild looking bird, glad I got the opportunity to see it. Don
     
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    I've been there but I don't remember it.

    I do remember seeing the B-29 tanker they used in Vietnam for mid-air refueling. Also the monster B-36 inside the building. The tires on that thing were enormous.
     
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    eagle359 Glock Fanboi

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    I have been there twice. Will go again if given the chance. If you like military aircraft this is one place you must go.
     
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    3rdRRU_PhuBai ABQ detour 8/06 CLM

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    I'll be there wih a reunion group in June, thanks for info.
     
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    My father is a retired CMSGT , we as a family were stationed at Wright-Pat. Used to visit the museum every time we had family visiting. Great Place.
     
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    Stationed at WP for 18 months; spent a lot of time at the museum.

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    I was there a few years ago. spent two days there.

    AMAZING place! SOOOOOO many things to see! and it's FREE!

    and yes, saw the XB-70 Valkyrie. one of many astounding aircraft.

    (my personal favorite was the SR-71)
     
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    Yes, visited there when I went to the Indy 500 a few times in the 90s.

    That plane was amazing, along with the SR 71, Stealth Fighter, and a few others you would never get a chance to see in person elsewhere.

    The Valkyrie seemed like a technological progression, but the SR 71 looks like a leap into the future, ir someone came back from the future and shared advanced technology.

    These things are a good reminder of what people can do when they put their minds to it.
     
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    First impression is that's it's really big!
    Joe Walker was NASA's golden boy when he got killed in the mid air with the other XB-70.
    I always wondered how different our 'space' history would have been.
     
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    I still remember the first time at WP, back in the 70s. I could spend days there.
    The XB70 is one of my favorites....looks like you could shave with that wing.
     
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    First trip was in '85' the last in 2005; a very impressive museum.
    The B70 is a huge plane, very impressive looking and had the performance to go with the looks.

    Having said that, standing next to an SR71 is an experience. It's a large plane and looks like something you'd expect an alien to come out of.
    Even today, everything about it look futuristic, 50+ years after the first flight.
    As the above poster mentioned, it was the product of a great team of designers and led by a guy (Kelly) that wrote the book on how to get the impossible done.
     
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    Been through the museum quick time when I was doing work at the structures lab at Wright Pat.
    Wish I had a week to go through the displays and read everything, but I didn't ... :frown:
    I DID get a personal tour of the 'good stuff' in the hangars that weren't on display at that time ... :supergrin:
     
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    Like the Roswell saucer and the freeze dried aliens?
     
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    You know you just drove this thread off the rails now that you've seen the little green men in those hangars. :supergrin:
     
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    There wasn't any problem until you TOLD 'em about the little green men .... :frown:


    (Of course most of the little green men from Roswell still live out in Hangar 11 at Fort Worth NAS .... :whistling: )
     
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    I know na-thing ... I say na-thing ..... :whistling:
     
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    That has always been my favorite military plane, what a beauty! Been to WP twice, and always spent the most time walking around it.