Today In Aviation History – 1969 – The Final Ride of the Valkyrie

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4 February 1969: The North American Aviation XB-70A-1-NA Valkyrie, 62-0001, made its very last flight from Edwards Air Force Base, California to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. NASA Research Test Pilot Fitzhugh L. Fulton, Jr., Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Retired) and Lieutenant Colonel Emil Sturmthal, U.S. Air Force, were the flight crew for this final flight.

On arrival at Wright-Patterson, Fulton closed out the log book and handed it over to the curator of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  Today it sits crammed into a hangar away from the museum accessible only by bus with little time available to walk through the hundreds of exhibits.  Hopefully they’ll find a more fitting place for this remarkable airplane when the new exhibit hangar is built.