Hank Caruso's AEROCATURES™
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Ride the Sonic Surf

September 2023

North American Aviation's incredible XB-70 Valkyrie strategic bomber was designed to fly at Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound) for sustained periods. New materials and manufacturing processes had to be pioneered to create an airframe and aircraft systems that could survive the intense aerodynamic heating at such high speeds. The Valkyrie's outer wing sections folded down at high speed so that it could ride its own shock wave for greater aerodynamic efficiency. Its flight test escort was the double-sonic TB-58A Hustler. The only surviving XB-70 is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

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