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The Valkyrie XB-70 disaster

Posted in Anniversary, Aviation on Saturday, 29 May 2010

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Valkyrie XB-40 on a test flight. Illustration by Wilf Hardy

On 8 June 1966, during a flight and photoshoot, one of two prototype Valkyrie XB-70 bombers flying in formation over California was struck by an F-104 Starfighter and crashed, killing two test pilots. The third pilot was able to eject to safety. Although it performed supersonic test flights at three times the speed of sound, the Valkyrie never went into production.

The second prototype is on public display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

More pictures of the Valkyrie and its mythical namesakes can be found here. Artist WIlf Hardy’s aircraft paintings are known around the world and many more can be seen at the following link.

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