A Case Study of Manned Strategic Bomber Acquisition: The B-70 Valkyrie
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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This research compiled a chronological history of the North American B-70 Valkyrie bomber program, from its beginnings to the rollout of the first prototype in May 1964. This history was analyzed for significant events, and those events analyzed for their causes and impacts. With this information, lessons were found which can be applicable to current or future bomber acquisitions. An initial literature review showed that this compiled history did not previously exist, and that existing literature contained theories which needed resolution. The analysis showed ICBM programs took priority over defense dollars in 1959, leading to the B-70s first cancellation. The following Administration determined there was no need for the air craft, either as a bomber or as a reconnaissance-strike vehicle. Events unrelated to strategic mission requirements played a significant role in Presidential and Congressional support of the program. Issues and theories found during the literature review were found to be inaccurate, and lessons applicable for today were cited and discussed. Keywords Strategic weapons, Air Force procurement, Bomber aircraft, Supersonic aircraft, Theses.