- 3 June 2011
- Reaction score
There was another mock-up(?) for a rescue capsule, not shown in the above mentioned website. Published in aero 12/1962. I've seen this before as an artist's impression, but now I have to realize it left this 'paper stage'.
RLBH said:I don't know about the 747, although it seems unlikely to me. Certainly the YB-70 was intended to have escape pods, which would later be used on the service aircraft, but these weren't available for the XB-70. The prototypes did have conventional ejection seats, though.
16 seconds after the impact, the XB-70 started a slight roll. Al White corrected the roll -- and instantly recognized the Valkyrie's peril as she began a snap roll to the right. Ramming the number six engine's throttle to maximum afterburner, he tried to save AV/2 -- but after 2 slow rolls, the plane broke into a sickening spin, taking any hopes of recovery with it. White pushed his seat back into the eject position, but caught his arm in the ejection pod's clamshell doors (see inset photo at left) as they closed. Unable to communicate with the struggling Carl Cross, and unable to eject until getting his arm clear, White could only watch his co-pilot fail to get into his pod for ejection. Finally, with the realization that he needed to get out now, Al White worked his arm clear and ejected just moments before AV/2 slammed into the ground a few miles north of Barstow, California.
Mole said:....a lightweight rocket-launched seat on a telescoping pole with a rocket-deployed parachute to pull the pilot away from the airframe....