The XB-70 was to be a mach-3, long-range strategic high altitude penetrating bomber that the Russians could not catch or shoot down. After the U-2 Spy Plane was shot down over Russia, The XB-70's mission was obsolete. At that point, the XB-70 became a research aircraft and helped develop the SR-71 Blackbird, SST research and the B-1 Bomber.
1st Film; " XB-70 1st flight". The documentary story of the XB-70 1st flight on Sept 24, 1961 . All went well until the landing when one of the rear brakes lockup. at the end of this film was the interview of the pilots reviewing the flight.17:13 M
2nd Film; "XB-70 2nd Flight and more". This part shows the success of the 2nd flight and many other successful flights of the XB-70, number 20001. Even the flight where the XB-70 went so fast that the paint started to come off. 13:59 M
3rd Film; "NASA Supersonic Research". A NASA film called "A Ticket through the Sound Barrier" and it explains the development of the SST. In the end, Americans decides not to build a SST because of the massive sonic booms that would follow across the country. 27:37 M
4th Film; "NASA XB-70 tests". In 1966, the XB-70 mission as a long range high altitude bombers was not feasible so NASA took over the XB-70. Last flight of the remaining XB-70 was in 1969. These are NASA clips of that part of the XB-70 story. 12:25 M.
5th Film; "XB-70A Flight Test and the Crash". A North American summary of the 1st 7 flights and then, the Collision. On June 8th, 1966, the 2nd XB-70 collided with a F-104 chase plane. The F-104 damaged the left wing and both tail rudders. The F-104 exploded and the pilot died. The XB-70 went into a flat spin and crashed just outside of Barstow. Carl Cross (XB-70 co-pilot) were killed. Al White (XB-70 pilot) ejected, sustaining serious injuries. 11:08 M
6th Film; "XB-70 Retirement". In 1969, The remaining XB-70 was towed to USAF Wright-Paterson Museum. In 2015, the XB-70 got a "New Hanger" and you can see the aircraft there. 7:25 M.
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