NASA XB-70

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Beset with problems, hugely expensive and redundant in the role it was considered for.

Still, it proved a useful test-bed for future technologies.

Still, if there was ever an example of how not to run projects, the entire of the defence industry would be it.
 
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Trip_Wire said:
How many knew about or saw this aircraft before?
Knew about it (never seen the remaining prototype).

Awesome aeroplane - scared the shit out of the Soviets; so much so that they built the MiG-25 to intercept it.

I believe there was a very nasty accident with an F-104 chase plane got caught in a wingtip vortex and collided with it.

Used Boron Hydride mixed with AvTur as a fuel IIRC
 
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Details of the mid-air loss can be found here.

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MM
 
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Yes, knew of it. Don't know much about it except that it was indecently quick. Stunning looking bit of kit.
 

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