North American XB-70 Valkyrie cover

Description

Of the many futuristic military aircraft concepts created in the 1950s the North American XB-70 still stands out as the most awe-inspiring. With its huge, white partially-folding delta wing, its fuselage resembling a striking cobra and its extraordinary performance, it was one of the foremost technological achievements of the 20th Century.

A strategic bomber built to outrun any Soviet fighter jet, it could reach Mach 3 with a full nuclear payload - as fast as the legendary SR-71 Blackbird but more than three times the size. However, its role as a nuclear bomber was limited after the introduction of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, and defence cuts eventually led to the project being scrapped in the mid-1960s.

The Valkyrie had a brief, costly decade of life but it proved the continuing value of developing manned bombers. However, almost half a century after the XB-70 its predecessor, the B-52, continues in service. Using full colour artwork and rigorous analysis, this is the complete story of the ultimate US Cold War military X-plane.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Bomber Battles: The White House and SAC /Building a Legend /Triple Mach /Under Threat /Achievements and Potential Developments /Further Reading /Index

Product details

Published Mar 09 2018
Format Ebook (Epub)
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472825049
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Series X-Planes
Short code XPL 7
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Peter E. Davies

Peter E. Davies has specialized in the aircraft of…

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Wiek Luijken

Wiek Luijken is an artist based in England but bo…

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Adam Tooby

Adam Tooby is an internationally renowned digital…

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