Take A Virtual 360 Tour Of The Amazing XB-70 Valkyrie's Cockpit

The XB-70 Valkyrie is one of the most amazing machines that ever took flight. Not only was it absolutely huge, with its “six pack” of General Electric YJ93 turbojet engines, but its long forward fuselage, feathered trailing edge and folding wingtips gave it an almost swan-like signature appearance. Now, you can view the only surviving example’s cockpit as if you were sitting in it yourself.


Our good friend Lyle Jansma, the creator of the fabulous Cockpit 360 app, and the National Museum Of The USAF made this incredible virtual tour possible.

By clicking these links you can access 360 tours from the viewpoint of the XB-70’s left and right cockpit seats, as well as the rear portion of the cockpit, and there is a ton to look at.

Right off the bat the climb schedule placard on the pilot’s yoke shows how the big XB-70 was able to operate in SR-71 Blackbird territory. The wingtip folding panel is also really unique. Considering that this thing was a prototype built in the early 1960s, the cockpit’s mix of tape and round gauges is complex but fairly well organized for the time period.

What interesting things can you see in the Valkyrie’s cockpit? Let us know in the comments section below.


Contact the author Tyler@Jalopnik.com


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