Flying below this would make the bomber effectively invulnerable to the missiles, even if they happened to fly into range. At the same time, North American was developing the supersonic interceptor. That said, if it had gone operational its heat and radar signature would have become handicaps in the long run anyway, and its successor, the B-1B Lancer does much better. This book is the most detailed description of the design, engineering and research that went into this astounding aircraft. The concept was born as a result of General Curtis LeMay's desire for a heavy bomber with the weapon load and range of the subsonic B-52 and a top speed in excess of the supersonic medium bomber, the B-58 Hustler. Everybody else: ashes upon your heads.
New York: Random House, 1989. In this low-level role, the B-70 offered little additional performance over the it was meant to replace, while being far more expensive with shorter range. To reduce program costs, the F-108 would share two of the engines, the escape capsule, and some smaller systems with the B-70. It also had a smaller bombload and shorter range. It was later discovered that flying faster also made radar detection much more difficult due to an effect known as the , and any reduction in tracking efficiency would further interfere with the operation and guidance of fighters. If LeMay's plans came to fruition there would be 250 Valkyries in the air; it would be the pinnacle of his quest for the ultimate strategic bomber operated by America's Strategic Air Command.
But in late 1958 the service announced that this acceleration would not be possible due to lack of funding. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1983. From the mid-1940s, there was interest in using in the bomber role. Simons does a good job of covering the scope and breadth of the program but, surprisingly given the size of the book, doesn't delve too deeply in many areas. The B-70, designed for even higher speeds, altitudes and range than the B-58, suffered even more in relative terms.
Lots of typos as well, as seen in the above example sentence. North Branch, Minnesota: Specialty Press, 2005. National Museum of the United States Air Force, 27 October 2015. F-22 Raptor: America's Next Lethal War Machine. Flight data were collected on this subsonic trip.
Box 4: Joint Chiefs of Staff 8 Report. North Branch, Minnesota: Specialty Press, 2002. If LeMay's plans came to fruition there would be 250 Valkyries in the air; it would be the pinnacle of his quest for the ultimate strategic bomber operated by America's Strategic Air Command. Known today as , the idea was to use the generated off the nose or other sharp points on the aircraft as a source of high-pressure air. The first aircraft was limited to Mach 2.
National Museum of the United States Air Force, 26 August 2009. New York: Amber Books, 2004. The Index is rather good but, always frustrating, does not list every single occurrence of any one thing. Memorandum for the Record: Meeting. Flying at low level provided protection against fighters as well. The Hustler was expensive to develop and purchase, and required enormous amounts of fuel and maintenance in comparison to the B-47.
The new bomber was expected to enter service in 1963. Reads more like a textbook than anything. The aircraft would have to use the hangars, runways and handling procedures used by the B-52. The shortest Boeing 747 is 231 ft, a Valkyrie 196. This increased the aircraft's at supersonic speeds, shifted the to a more favorable position at high speeds, and strengthened the compression lift effect.
In the B-70 design, only the upper section of the nose moved down into a fixed lower section, and the outer window panels moved with it to become more vertical, at 24 degrees slope. National Museum of the United States Air Force. However, after becoming the new Air Force Chief of Staff in July 1961, increased his B-70 advocacy, including interviews for August and November articles, and allowing a 25 February tour at which the press was provided artist conceptions of, and other info about, the B-70. In 1966, one prototype crashed after colliding with a smaller aircraft while flying in close formation; the remaining Valkyrie bomber is in the near Dayton, Ohio. With the nose raised into its high-speed position, the outer windows were almost horizontal. Popular Mechanics, April 1960, p. Nevertheless, in 1963 plans for the production of three high-speed research aircraft were approved and construction proceeded.
If LeMay's plans came to fruition there would be 250 Valkyries in the air; it would be the pinnacle of his quest for the ultimate strategic bomber operated by America's Strategic Air Command. An interceptor flying at normal altitudes would be effectively blind to bombers far below it. The wing included inboard to more effectively use the higher behind the strong shock wave. This book is the most detailed description of the design, engineering and research that went into this astounding aircraft. New York: Prentice Hall, 1986.