posted on Feb, 21 2006 @ 07:40 AM
Hmmm, a Concorde bomber?
Interesting thought......maybe some sort of Vigilante rear ejecting delivery system might have been capable of being incorporated!
As for the (X)B - 70 Valkyrie and the F - 108 Rapier?
Not quite engenerQ; the Valkyrie died entirely because of costs (and the ever more apparent extortionate operating costs a fleet of them would have
generated) and above all the obvious vulnerability of that proposed fleet to interception by surface to air missiles.......and there are those who say
politicking from Lockheed and Kelly Johnson who got it finally dropped and killed off in favour of the Blackbird.
(Once the pure bomber role of the B-70 was under question all sorts of alternate roles were seriously discussed including an RS-70.)
Concorde isn't the only supersonic plane to have been considered for such a major role-switch.
Interestingly the Valkyrie did a lot of work after the cancellation of the bomber program for NASA in respect of the US SST program; it wasn't
considered as an SST itself but it did a lot of work researching the whole area.
[edit on 21-2-2006 by sminkeypinkey]