XB-70A Valkyrie Supersonic Bomber Flight Test Program Overview
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The XB-70 supersonic bomber was one of the most beautiful aircraft of all time!
This film, produced by North American Aviation, gives a concise overview of the early phases of the supersonic XB-70A bomber aircraft design, construction, development and testing in 1964. You'll see Phase one & two flight tests and "proof loading" structural tests. The use and testing of "folded wing tips" and retraction of the "windshield ramp"in supersonic flight is shown in detail along with the innovative air induction system. On 14 October 1965, the Valkyrie broke the Mach 3 barrier. The extensive use of flight test instrumentation in the program is also discussed.
 
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The Northrop YB-49 "Flying Wing"
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Four films and two flight manuals on one DVD
* Initial Flight of the YB-49 (1948) This film was produced by the US Air Force and Northrop to show the first test flights of the YB-49 Flying Wing at Northrop's Hawthorne, California facility, introducing it to the American public for the first time. The YB-49 was a redesign of the propeller driven B-35, upgraded with six GE Allison jet engines and various structural design improvements (see the description below for more info). The revolutionary design and almost other worldly, alien spacecraft-like lines of the jet powered Wing are highlighted in this very clean black and white footage. This aircraft is revealingly shown at all angles, including up close on the ground and in flight.
* The Story of the Flying Wing (1949, Color,) It may be hard to believe today, but Flying Wing's innovative design was often used against it by detractors from competing aircraft companies ("An airplane that doesn't have a tail??!!") So, Northrop Aircraft produced this information film to extol the Wings virtues and answer her critics. The result is a film that gives a compelling overview of the principles of advantages of the Wing design, delivered by Northrop's Director of Engineering, Harrison F. Burke. You'll see color film of the jet powered Wing in operation, supplemented by an extensive use of instructive animations. You'll learn about the role of drag in flight in relation to efficiency in aircraft design, the advantages of a swept wing, the inherent advantages in structural integrity of the Wing design, simplicity and ease of maintenance, the role of center of gravity in tail design and much more.
* XB-70 Valkyrie Flight Test Program (1966, Color) This film, produced by North American Aviation, gives a concise overview of the early phases of the XB-70A aircraft design, construction, development and testing in 1964. You'll see Phase one & two flight tests and "proof loading" structural tests. The use and testing of "folded wing tips" and retraction of the "windshield ramp" in supersonic flight is shown in detail along with the innovative air induction system. On 14 October 1965, the Valkyrie broke the Mach 3 barrier. The extensive use of flight test instrumentation in the program is also discussed.
* XB-70A Valkyrie: Phase One Flight Testing (Shown here)
Flight Handbook for the Northrop YB-49 Airplane (77 pages) See detailed operating instructions, copious illustrations, cockpit photos, systems diagrams, flight characteristics, emergency procedures and much more in Adobe acrobat .pdf file format.
North American XB-70A "Valkyrie" Flight Manual (380 pages ) See XB70A operating instructions, cockpit photos, systems diagrams, flight characteristics, emergency procedures, performance charts and more in Adobe Acrobat .pdf file format.
 
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