posted on Dec, 5 2007 @ 10:17 PM
A few of my fellow pilot buddies and I were having a couple of beers not long ago when the subject of “sexiest airplanes” came up. After we went
through the usual stable of war birds someone mentioned the Valkyrie and we all nodded our heads in agreement that it was one of the baddest, sexiest
planes to ever grace the sky. It definitely ranks in my top ten. That praying-mantis look about her is just so mesmerizing.
Anyway – one of my pals mentioned that he had some great shots of the XB when she flew and the crash. He showed us a few on his computer a few days
later and that was that. Well, when I saw this thread, I thought surely someone would post pictures of the mid-air and aftermath – but I was
surprised to read that there seems to be some in denial that it ever happened or that it was “staged”.
John Lear has the facts straight. It was definitely an unfortunate accident caused by one of the chase planes getting too close and flipping in the
XB’s vortice, resulting in a mid-air collision.
I asked my friend if he could share some of the pictures he had and he passed a few on to me but said he doesn’t want to say where he got them. Not
sure what the big secret is, I’m sure these same shots are on the ‘net somewhere already, and the incident and history of this majestic plane is
Anyway - here are a few you guys might find interesting if you haven’t seen them elsewhere already:
XB-70 – Landing:
XB-70 – Hangered:
XB-70 – Liftoff:
XB-70 – w/Chase Planes/Escorts:
XB-70 – Crash1:
Crash10 (inspection team):
XB-70 – Wingtip Configs:
She still holds a special place in my heart… R.I.P. Ms. Valkyrie…
[edit on 12/5/2007 by Outrageo]