The XB-70 Valkyrie was to be a Mach 3 capable high altitude nuclear equipped bomber, but was developed at a time when advances in both surface to air missiles and ballistic missiles rendered it obsolete. Our own engineerd™ discussed this impressive aircraft back in ought-ten with his post “Bows and Arrows vs. Gunpowder“, and I encourage you to check it out if you missed it. Recently, I came across a video of prototype #2 doing flight testing, so enjoy some Sunday afternoon plane-watching!
Continue reading Flight of the Valkyrie
Wow, those Gravol pills work well.
Wait, we’re doing some week theme about airplanes? I know those things. Those are the things that I’m not allowed onto unless I’m frisked, humiliated and treated like a terrorist. It wasn’t always like that.
In the olden days (or so I’m told) people used to treat [...]
This is the Kalinin K-7. It is big. How big? It was the largest propeller-driven plane prior to the jet age. Continue reading A Flying Soviet Fortress
In 1959 after the cost of a large, nuclear-equipped, supersonic bomber was increasing and its effectiveness waning, President Eisenhower said the XB-70 was like “talking about bows and arrows at a time of gunpowder when we spoke of bombers in the missile age.” Continue reading Bows and Arrows vs. Gunpowder