I'm surprised this one hasn't been shared before here. It was actually my very first post on my aviation-related FB page a couple of years ago.Steve Pace said:Valkyrie model holding a model of Valkyrie. -SP
Podcast: http://aviation-xtended.co.uk/ep-59-xtra-xb70-valkyrie/In this Xtra podcast episode we feature the XB70 Valkyrie with Jeannette Remak and Joseph Ventolo Jr from Phoenix Aviation Research. They have just released their latest book on the XB-70 Valkyrie bomber entitled “XB-70 Valkyrie – The Return to Valhalla” and we had the opportunity to learn more about this iconic looking aircraft.
https://youtu.be/_8bn8obq24MNorth American XB-70 long range high speed bomber program presented by Joe Orr, Director of the History Office at the Air Force Test Center at Edwards AFB. Produced by Jarel & Betty Wheaton for Peninsula Seniors www.pvseniors.org
Wonder what happened to the third XB-70? Scrapped? If so when was it scrapped.Johnbr said:Two XB-70s were completed and flown, with a third (a YB-70, actually) cancelled while under construction.
Not sure how much was actually assembled. Apparently, some parts were cannibalized for AV1 and AV2.FighterJock said:
B-1 weapons bays were sized for SRAM (14ft length) I believe.I am trying to get my head around the dimensions of the bomb bays on the proposed production version of the B-70. I know what weapons load it was specified to carry as we discussed it here. Peter E. Davies states in his Valkyrie book that the weapons bay was in two 14ft sections (including 1ft of unusable space between them- so effectively 13.5ft each) with a total volume of 1,200cu ft. For comparison:
B-52: 1,003ft, total length 27ft, sometimes divided in two by a moveable bulkhead
B-1A: 3 x 14ft bays with a total volume of 1,643cu ft
The near exact two-thirds of a B-1 bomb bay configuration and the similarly sized individual bomb bays suggests that the B-70 and B-1 may have had similar design drivers (e.g. specific bomb types) for bomb bay length and volume. Does anybody know if this was the case? what was the original bomb load specification for the AMSA program?
What were the width and depth measurements for the B-70 bomb bays?