Sky Defenders SD0001 USAF North American XB-70 Valkyrie Experimental Strategic Bomber - "A/V-1," 1960 (1:500 Scale)
"Obsolete weapons do not deter."
- British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype version of the proposed B-70 nuclear-armed deep-penetration bomber for the United States Air Force's (USAF) Strategic Air Command. Designed by North American Aviation in the late 1950s, the Valkyrie was a large six-engined aircraft able to fly Mach 3+ at an altitude of 70,000 feet (21,000 m), which would have allowed it to avoid interceptors, the only effective anti-bomber weapon at the time.
The introduction of effective high-altitude surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), the program's high development costs, and changes in the technological environment with the introduction of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)s led to the cancellation of the B-70 program in 1961. Although the proposed fleet of operational B-70 bombers was canceled, two prototype aircraft were built as the XB-70A and used in supersonic test flights from 1964 to 1969. One prototype crashed following a midair collision in 1966; the other is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Ohio.
Pictured here is a 1:500 scale replica of a USAF North American XB-70 Valkyrie experimental strategic bomber that was flown in 1960.
Wingspan: 4-1/2 inches
Length: 2-1/2 inches
Release Date: January 2012