SPECIAL for CHARITY: North American XB-70 Valkyrie 24x36 Relic Display

Special one-of-a-kind XB-70 Valkyrie 24x36 multi-piece relic display by Ron Cole - signed & numbered one of one - for charity, today only (100% of the selling price will be donated to the Linda Regula Legacy Scholarship Fund, an annual scholarship that will be awarded to a high school senior, each year, who 'uses the arts to overcome obstacles in their lives' https://youwillriseproject.com/rise-together).   

This special 24x36 display is handmade and ready to ship. It includes a complete fuel level sensor from XB-70 AV-2, a section of this aircraft's external honeycomb laminate skin with original white paint, a data plate from one of this aircraft's six GE YJ93 Turbojet engines, and a section of titanium with acid etched North American Aviation part number, inspection stamp, and date. These parts collectively well represent the unique technologies of this Mach-3 aircraft.

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.

Signed one of one.



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