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North American X-15 B-roll
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North American XB-70 Valkyrie B-roll
The XB-70A, built by North American Aviation's Los Angeles (Calif.) Division for the U.S. Air Force, was an experimental high-speed, delta-wing aircraft designed to fly at three times the speed of sound and at altitudes in excess of 70,000 feet.
It was powered by six General Electric J-93 turbojet engines, each producing approximately 30,000 pounds of thrust. Primary purpose of the aircraft was to investigate the feasibility of long-range, high-speed flight and to advance the aeronautical state of the art in those areas.
Among its design features were a movable canard, the "compression lift" aerodynamic design principle, in-flight accessibility to electronics equipment, a shirt-sleeve environment for the crew, and encapsulated seats for crew ejection at speeds up to Mach 3 and at altitudes to above 70,000 feet.
A rugged landing gear, weighing more than six tons and consisting of two tons of wheels, tires and brakes, supported the XB-70 on the ground. Each main gear had four wheels and the nose gear two. In a single stop, the XB-70 absorbed kinetic energy equivalent to that used in stopping 800 medium-size automobiles from a speed of about 100 miles an hour.
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Edwards Air Force Base
flying in formation
full body views
historic production status
North American Rockwell
parachutes, parafoils and drag chutes