SPECIAL 33x17-inch One-of-a-kind North American XB-70 Valkyrie Multi-Piece Relic Display

Very special one-of-a-kind 33x17-inch shadowbox relic display, including 8 unique parts from XB-70 Valkyrie AV-2, including: large section of honeycomb steel laminate skin with original white paint and remnants of red warning stripe from near this aircraft's cockpit area, cockpit equipment bracket with unique part number, three circuit breakers with manufacture dates, titanium skin rear stiffener, two sections of stainless hydraulic line with part numbers and inspection stamps!  

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.

These rare pieces from AV-2 were discovered among other components recovered from the crash site.  

All of these parts are displayed within a shadowbox with a hinged glass cover that closes with magnets on the lower end. Each piece is attached to a one-of-a-kind edited print on canvas by Ron Cole, that includes c. 1969 line drawings of the XB-70; looks very cool behind the various components. 

Signed and numbered by the artist, Ron Cole. One of one. Ready to hang.


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