SPECIAL 24x18 North American XB-70 Valkyrie Honeycomb Laminate Skin Relic Display 2

Why hang just a piece of art when you can display and preserve a piece of history that you can touch?

Special 24x18-inch large display, with a large 7x4-inch section of honeycomb exterior skin with white paint and a portion of red warning stripe. Reverse is stainless steel with strips of titanium stiffeners. Artwork is open-framed, with custom-painted matching red trim. Giclee' print on matte canvas. Signed 1 of 1. 

History, as displayed with the artwork: 

The North American XB-70 Valkyrie was the fastest and most advanced strategic bomber ever built. By the time it took to the skies in 1964, however, the entire strategic bomber concept had been rendered obsolete by the deployment of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs). Nevertheless, two XB-70s entered service as advanced test aircraft.

The top speed of the XB-70 (Mach 3+) demanded entirely new materials and construction technologies, such as the so-called ‘honeycomb’ steel and titanium laminate skin; light weight, high strength, and able to sustain and dissipate the high temperatures of Mach 3 flight that would melt aluminum.

On June 8th, 1966, the second-built XB-70 (AV-2), was participating in a low-speed photo shoot with a variety of other aircraft, one of which collided with the XB-70, shearing off the latter’s vertical stabilizers. AV-2 entered a flat spin and tragically crashed into the desert floor.

This rare piece of honeycomb laminate skin from AV-2 was discovered among other components recovered from the crash site.  



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