Photo taken in 1960. Click for closer look.
I’ve always been a bit intrigued by the XB-70. I can’t explain why, but I suspect that the raw speed of the thing is a prime attraction. Externally, the XB-70 looks like a bare-bones design that stresses simplicity and function over aesthetics and flair. It doesn’t bother with looking cool. It doesn’t have to bother with looks at all. Mach 3 has a coolness all its own.
Discussion of the Air Force’s next bomber in a recent post prompted me to put these up.
There’s another picture below, and I posted a B&W of a the Valkyrie beside the X-15A-2 at Dryden in 1967.