THE 456th FIGHTER INTERCEPTOR SQUADRON

THE PROTECTORS OF  S. A. C.

 

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The North American XB-70

 

A Valkyrie ('Chooser of the Slain') is a mythological horse-mounted Norse maiden, sent by the god Odin to battlefields to choose the slain that were worthy of a place in Valhalla. Once there, the dead would live blissfully until needed by Odin. Some Valkyries had the power to cause the death of the warriors they did not favor; others guarded the lives and ships of those dear to them.
 

1      The Magnificent XB-70 2      The XB-70 Story
3      Ride Of The Valkyrie 4      North American XB-70A
5      Achieving The Impossible 6      Flight Of The XB-70A Valkyrie
7      Saga Of The XB-70  8      XB-70 Films
9      The XB-70 Escape Capsule 10      The XB-70A Research Aircraft
11      Evolution of The XB-70 12     Chasing The XB-70 Valkyrie
13        Crash of The XB-70 14      Joseph Albert "Joe" Walker
15       XB-70 Photo Archive 16     
17         18  

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The B-70 program gave rise to the Russian Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 'Foxbat'. The Soviets were deeply concerned about the threat the Valkyrie posed, so Soviet authorities urgently ordered the development of an interceptor that could match the Valkyrie's performance and expected in-service date of 1964. When the B-70 was cancelled, the Soviets continued work on their interceptor, which emerged as the MiG-25. The aircraft first flew in 1964 and entered Soviet service in 1971. It set many world records in 1965-67 and a variant of the aircraft, known as the E.266M, still holds the world absolute height record for airplanes at 37 650 m (123 524 ft). The MiG-25 is also still the world's fastest fighter in service.

A greatly improved all-weather, all-altitude interceptor variant of the MiG-25, the MiG-31 'Foxhound' was developed and flown in 1975 and entered service in 1982. This formidable aircraft forms a large strategic part of the Russian air force.

       

 

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02/10/2014

 

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