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The Valkyrie

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posted on Jul, 2 2005 @ 01:13 AM
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Think it could ever come back? It was a quite valid foray into High Speed flight at high altitudes, but...well, what do ya think?




posted on Jul, 2 2005 @ 01:41 AM
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Nope. The B-1B took its place. It was a beautiful bird but I don't see it ever coming back again.



posted on Jul, 2 2005 @ 01:46 AM
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It was a great concept, one that could have gone places...if it didn't die so fast.



posted on Jul, 2 2005 @ 08:48 AM
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No, it was not stealthy it was fast but not stealthy, we already have stealth bombers and probably hypersonic ones so I don't see a need for the Valkyrie. It was one of the most futuristic planes of its time though.



posted on Jul, 2 2005 @ 11:48 AM
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Originally posted by AtomicGarden
Think it could ever come back?


- Naa, much as I myself think it was an amazing piece of kit ahead of its time, that time has definetly come and gone.

It's late 1950's - early 1960's tech, 40 - 50yrs ago/old now (wow, eh?!).

There's no way anyone would just re-do what they did back then, they'd want to put all that has been learned since into it = a total redesign, new materials, engines, computer flight controls etc etc.

Basically a brand new plane (which by the time they'd finished would probably have very little recognisable XB70 left in it).

Just be glad they were never needed and didn't really 'happen'; there's atmospheric research that says large fleets of high speed high altitude aircraft is something the earth could really do without.




 
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