Very special one-of-a-kind handmade North American XB-70 Valkyrie 20x16 inch wall-hanging multi-piece relic canvas print display. Offered in charitable support of the Mid-East Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition.
This display features Ron Cole's original painting of this specific aircraft in flight. It's printed on artist's matte canvas and mounted in a black and red-trimmed open frame - ready to hang. Size of the artwork is 20x16 inches. It is signed and numbered 'one of one' by the artist. There are four unique artifacts from the second prototype XB-70 attached to the canvas:
7 inch stainless steel part from one of this aircraft's six GE YJ93-GE-3 turbojet engines.
A stainless steel exterior portion of this aircraft's exterior skin w/ white paint and section of the unique 'honeycomb' laminate. This piece originated from the cockpit window frame area.
Cockpit fitting with part number, rare date (October 19th, 1962), and including a very rare North American Aviation (ANA) inspection stamp - unique to the XB-70 (see reference list).
A second, small, cross section of laminated 'honeycomb'.
All of these pieces have been selected to represent the technology and unique construction of this amazing machine!
One of the fastest aircraft ever built, the North American XB-70 was originally designed as a high-speed strategic bomber for the United States Air Force. Due to costs and investment into ballistic missile technology, however, only two XB-70s were ever built and both were used as advanced test aircraft into the 1960s. On June 8th 1966, the second prototype (serial number 62-0207) was involved in a mid-air collision and crashed. The sole surviving example was retired in 1969 and is on permanent display in the USAF Museum, Dayton, Ohio.
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