America’s Junk Weapons

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    This is an excellent essay on Russian and American weapons development.

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    Along with the Vietnam War and Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD), McNamara bequeathed the country the habit of canceling weapons systems because we could.

    The two major victims were the B-70 Valkyrie and the GAM-87 Skybolt missile.

    The B-70 was a remarkable aircraft, the sole example of a type flown only at that time and never since. Looking more like something out of “Trek” than an airplane designed in the 1950s, the B-70 was an eight-engine behemoth capable of cruising at 2,000 mph at an altitude of over 70,000 feet. And yet this beast of a machine was one of the most graceful airplanes ever designed, looking like a gigantic swan evolved in some biosphere far advanced over ours.

    Much more of this interesting article @ https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/07/americas_junk_weapons.html
     
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    I've seen the B-70. There were only 2 made. The first one crashed on a test flight and was canceled. The other one sits at Wright-Patterson. You are right. The thing is an awesome looking menace. Scare the piss down our enemy's legs.
     
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    I enjoyed the entire article. Has a lot of neat into.
     
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    I was really disappointed that they dropped the B70. Perhaps the most impressive plane I've ever seen. It truly screamed: This Is America! It was a total badass. Usually shown from the front, I always thought its most impressive view was from the rear, from underneath.

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    It suffered a midair collision when the pilot of one of the chase F-104's hit the tail, slicing off the majority of the empennage. The XB-70 carried on for a few thousand yards and then came down. IIRC all were lost.
     
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    Looks similar to the Concordes of yesteryear... I was fortunate to work for a Company that handled Ground Services for both Air France and British Airways on flights to HNL back in the mid 80's...

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    The pilot survived but was severely injured. The copilot never ejected and died. The F-104 pilot was also killed.
     
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    Awesome photos, thanks for sharing!
     
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    On the other hand, there were a lot of planes developed, and put into service that were/are totally cool.
     
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    Would the XB70 have helped us win LBJ's war? I think not. McNamara was right.
     

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