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Valkyrie: The North American XB-70 Hardcover – 15 Sep 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848845464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848845466
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Valkyrie: The North American XB-70 During the 1950s, at the time Elvis Presley was rocking the world with Hound Dog and the USA was aiming to become the worlds only superpower, plans were being drawn at North American Aviation in Southern California for an incredible Mach-3 strategic bomber. The concept was born as a result of General Curtis LeMays desire for a heavy bomber with the weapon load and range of the subsonic B-52 and a Full description


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The North American XB-70 Valkyrie was an attempt by the US Air Force to develop a heavy strategic bomber with the capacity and range of a B-52 that could fly at 80,000 feet at Mach 3 - no small achievement! Anyone familar with the general story of the Valkyrie will know that whilst the technical challenges were largely met by the extremely talented team at North American, the project was undermined by bean counting and deceitful politicians and a tragic accident. This book goes way beyond and is a thorough and detailed examination of the reasons behind the design, its conception and the engineering challenges involved. It goes on to detail the flight test program on an almost flight by flight basis and the politician(s)who killed it as a viable weapon system.
This is the most detailed examination of this glorious aircraft this reader has read with much new insight into the machinations and the politics of developing a new aircraft that pushes the known boundaries of engineering. Highly recommended.
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This an excellent, comprehensive summary of a remarkable project. I would award it 5 stars but for the somewhat partisan approach taken by the author insofar as he lets his admiration for the project cloud his view. There are additionally some technical aspects addressed in the book that are not correct and would have been better left apart or better, assessed differently. However, my criticisms possibly reflect my views more than the book deserves and I would certainly recommend the book to anyone interested in the history of supersonic flight.
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The astonishing aeroplane that is the subject of this book is probably not as well known as it should be. Reasons for this may be that the plane was ultimately branded a failure (with only two being built), and its working life (such as it was) coincided with the heady days when the space programme was dominating the flight headlines.

Aviation enthusiasts should not hesitate to obtain a copy, and learn about a flying machine that still looks utterly futuristic. As well as an in-depth look at the XB-70 itself, the author provides a tour of the aerospace industry of the time, with all the associated rivalries and politics.

If you have anything more than a passing interest in planes, buy this book.
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brilliant book on what could have been the future of air travel if the usa's aircraft industry had used the lessons learned in the building of this aircraft and translated it into a commercial aircraft
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The best book on the subject I have read. Full of technical details and short on personal views. More photographs would have been appropriate in this caliber of book, however that is not a criticism, just an observation. The presentation of the project chronology is very good indeed. Highly recommended reference item for the enthusiast, not really suitable for the "casual" reader.
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Very informative, well illustrated read written in a very understandable language. Highly recommended if you are interested in the aviation of the 50s and the projects that never left technology demonstrator phase. Now I just need to steal some reading time.
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Decent enough book with enough facts, data, pictures & even the politics of 50's 60's USA & bean counters like the labour government who cancelled the TSR2. What we be flying now if the XB-70 & TSR2 had been given a chance. I liked the book, but its just my opinion. 99p worth a go.
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I have rated as 5 star as it is so well written and informative. The book is more geared towards the academic reader who is looking for cold hard facts rather than the casual reader looking to know the thoughts of those who flew, worked on or around, saw the aircraft in flight. She is one of the most iconic jet aircraft ever made and it is a shame that they did not persevere with the program. She was one of the most beautiful aircraft when in flight up there with the Spitfire, the Vulcan and Concorde and yes I have seen all 3 in flight over the years.
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