As a child, 35 years ago I had a model of the North American XB-70 aircraft. I was entranced by its "futuristic" look of the bomber that never got
So any way, in a recent thread, www.abovetopsecret.com...
this strangely pointy and akward looking aircraft was
mentioned, and I was reminded of something that happened a couple of years ago. While stopping by visit a friend, I was introduced to an family
friend of his. The son of a friend of my friends father, whew thats complicated, that was visting while moving to another state.
While we all sat around and had a pint, I noticed that he had brought a couple of boxes of photos in from the truck, it was really foggy at the
What really caught my eye was the picture of the XB-70 on top, I commented on how I thought that it was one of the most interesting aircraft ever
Well , he says "Really? not too many people remember that plane." I told him about how I was enthralled by it as a child. My friend and him kinda
look at each other like they know something, and he looks at me and says, " My father was one of the pilots that flew those aircraft.".
I did one of those shake your head kinda things while, that thought sets in and takes hold, "his dad flew an xb-70, DAMMMM". He told me about how
his father was a test pilot and had a lot of personal family momentos, that backed up his claim. Pictures of him and his father, and pics of his
father with famous test pilots and such. After chewing the fat for a while, he looks at me and says" you know it didnt crash".
crash?", I had no idea what he was talking about.
"The XB-70, didnt crash" . Although I knew a little about the aircraft I had no idea that one had crashed. I just figured that it never got built,
because of improved missle technology. He said that the one involved in the accident didnt actually crash, and that the event was "doctored up" to
give the appearance that the aircraft in question crashed. Now I wish that hadnt paid so much attention to the guiness as they relived old times,
earlier in the evening. But what I do remember of his tale is that, the actual wreck site was, a prototype mock up or something, and the real plane
landed. Since the project was already dead at this point, the accident was used as a cover to take the aircraft project black, and that one of the
pilots went with it. The one that was killed?
It was a pretty interesting tale, and I'd had 2-3 pints of guiness by now, and thought to myself, "thats a pretty interesting tale" and filed it
away amongst all of the clutter and cobwebs at the far reaches of my memory.
Until I read that thread and I decided to re-aquaint myself with the XB-70.
Then it hit me, its a wave rider, sound familiar?
I also learned at one time it used an engine that ran on a boron slurry. I heard of this before, at least 20 years ago I read an article in an
Industry journal on how one of the competitors for the a stealth cruise missle used an engine that ran on a boron slurry. It had an extremely low
exhaust temp, like in the 70-80 deg range, so that in most environments its ir signature would be minimal.
So, did the XB-70 go "black" and give rise to subsequent generations of technologies. One being "Aurora" , take a XB-70 and give it 15-20 years
worth of refinement with modern aerodynamic, propulsion and RCS reduction theory, and what have you got, a super/hypersonic aircraft that uses unique
fuels, has low observability ,and most of all uses the principle of "wave riding" to generate lift at very high altitudes where normal wings fail.
It is Aurora, or what ever aircraft will finally come of this decades long continual development, of successive generations of aircraft that wll
never see the light of day.
Think about it, the B-2 was the last really big aircraft to come out of the "secret programs", and the tough design work was done on those years
ago. I went to school with people who worked on the B-2 as engineers, right out of college, and were unemployed by the time our 10 year class re-union
rolled around . And that was fifteen years ago so what have the "Plant 42's" and Dreamland's been up to these few past years.
You know they stopped using boron as a fuel because, its exhaust has a solid component to, and the boron/whatever exhaust was too abrasive foe engine
part. In the late 40's or early 50's there were UFO reports from Italy and other places, that said the UFO's left behind "angel hair". A
compound that when anylized turned out to be boro compounds. HMMM boron exhaust compound years before the GE engineers come up with it.
So what do you'all think?