Only Surviving XB-70 Moved from Museum Hangar

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The only surviving XB-70 Valkyrie Mach 3+ Bomber was recently moved from its hangar at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB.

Here are links to an article, and video of the move....





The ONLY other example of the XB-70 was lost in a mid-air collision during a photo-op mission in the 1966.....




Here's a WIKI about the XB-70....

 

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When I was a little boy, my Father took my brother and I to see this baby fly. He worked at North American. We had ring side seats. What a dream!
I was not as fortunate to have seen either of them in person.
However, my father preferred that my toys and childhood experiences be more learning focused than idle time-killers. So, about the time of the tragic loss of the one XB-70 (I was about 8 or 9 years old) he bought an XB-70 model airplane kit for me. We had assembled some models prior to that. But this was the first airplane model. This time, instead of building it together, Dad "supervised and coached" the careful cutting of each piece from the sprues, the painting, and the gluing until I had successfully built my first "all-by-myself" model kit.
I believe that that model airplane, more than any other of many aviation focused experiences, ultimately lead to my years as an aviation engineer (avionics, electrical, and relevant structural design work).
Hence, the XB-70 Valkyrie holds a special place in my heart on several levels. Visiting the museum and seeing this bird "up close and personal" would be one of the many stops I would like to someday make on my bucket list.
 

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That's how I felt when I went to Hill AFB, and saw "The Junk Yard Dog" with my young son. The Dog, is a SR71C, SN: 61-7981 the only one. Its a two seater, built from the rear portion of YF-12A Prototype, SN: 60-6934. It was never meant to fly. Was supposed to be used for tests on the ground. The YF-12 was the forerunner of the SR-71. The front of the Dog comes from SR-71 SN: 61-7981. It crashed and was beyond repair. But the forward section was still good. The Dog came about because one of only two trainers, (SR-71B two seater) crashed, and training of pilots and crew became a problem. So the two aircraft were combined. The Dog was not loved by all. It wasn't fish, nor fowl. There were problems with it its whole operational life.
 

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The only surviving XB-70 Valkyrie Mach 3+ Bomber was recently moved from its hangar at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB.

Here are links to an article, and video of the move....





The ONLY other example of the XB-70 was lost in a mid-air collision during a photo-op mission in the 1966.....




Here's a WIKI about the XB-70....

Great article.
 

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The only surviving XB-70 Valkyrie Mach 3+ Bomber was recently moved from its hangar at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB.

Here are links to an article, and video of the move....





The ONLY other example of the XB-70 was lost in a mid-air collision during a photo-op mission in the 1966.....




Here's a WIKI about the XB-70....

I’ve been to the museum 2 or 3 times. I’ve also been to the Smithsonian Air and Space and it’s then support facility, the Garver Facility. I’ve been to Pensacola, which was outstanding, a couple three times as well. The Warner Robbins museum is very well laid out. I got there just once but I’d like to go back again some day. The air parks at Peterson AFB in Colorado, Malmstrom AFB in Montana and Hurlburt Field AFB in Florida are well laid out and worth the trip to see each of them. I’ve been to several other aviation related facilities and I can’t remember all the Air Shows but I was in and went to. By saying I was in, I mean I was the Crew Chief of a helicopter that was on display at an airshow. I love everything Aviation but my most favorite of all are the rotor heads. To fly is fine but to hover is divine!
 

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The X Program Aircraft, XB70, Space Vehicles, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo Rockets, X15, kept a young kid reading and always looking towards what "could be". As the programs continue to explore limits of technology, new technology keeps forging the future.

Now as I grow older and new technological horizons are achieved the thoughts of unknown engineering concepts, thought of decades ago are now being implemented into working xperimental models, always achieving, always working on hypothetical idea's.

The Engineers working on an impossible thought of physics and then have the idea's come to fruition. That is why my friend son volunteered for the Air Force-Space Force because of future idea's that become a reality.
And now Col. Robert L. Behnken Lives it every day along with Roberts Wife, Katherine Megan McCarthur. That is why I look to the sky, and the wonders of the Universe.

November 11, 2020, Thank You to all that Serve Our Country,
The United States of America.
 
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