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The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype version of the proposed B-70 nuclear-armed deep penetration bomber. This model is dedicated to the honor and memory of Joseph A. Walker (Joe), and Carl S. Cross. On June 8, 1966, Walker and Cross were participating in a photo op mission involving the second prototype of the XB-70 Valkyrie. Cross was the co-pilot in the A/V-2 (XB-70 Valkyrie 2), while Walker was flying in formation in an F104-N Starfighter. During the mission, the two aircraft collided, and both men were killed. The XB-70 Program was an important step in the advancement of high speed flight. Walker and Cross dedicated themselves to that mission, and their contribution to the science they pursued and their sacrifice for our national security and freedom will never be forgotten.
— Ken L. West
Designed in the late 1950s, the Valkyrie was a large six-engined aircraft able to fly at beyond Mach 3 at an altitude of 70,000 ft (21,000 m), which would have allowed it to avoid interceptors, the only effective anti-bomber weapon at the time. Two XB-70 prototypes were built for the U.S. Air Force. The aircraft program’s high development costs, and changes in the technological environment with the introduction of effective high-altitude anti-aircraft missiles, led to the cancellation of the B-70 program in 1961. Although the proposed fleet of operational B-70 bombers was never built, the XB-70A aircraft were used in supersonic test flights from 1964 to 1969, performing research for the design of large supersonic aircraft. One prototype crashed following a midair collision in 1966; the other is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio.
Instructions: 17 pages, written/diagrams
Parts: 77 pages
Size (MB): 9.26
Landing Gear: Advanced
Needed Additional Components: Plastic for canopy