The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype version of the proposed B-70 nuclear-armed deep penetration bomber for the United States Air Force’s Strategic Air Command. Designed in the late 1950s, the Valkyrie was a large six-engined aircraft able to fly Mach 3+ at an altitude of 70,000 ft (21,000 m), which would have allowed it to avoid interceptors, the only effective anti-bomber weapon at the time.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the first Valkyrie flight!
Ralf Schüler & Ursulina Schüler-Witte, Tower Restaurant Steglitz, 1976. Berlin. © Berlinische Galerie, 2011. Photo: Ralf Schüler
Known locally as the “Beer Brush” because of its angularly jutting, bright red crown and usage as a restaurant, today the building is seen as an outstanding example of post-war architectural modernism in Berlin.
[He put out his hand, and quite noiselessly the great window widened down to us, and the splendid nearer prospect of that dreamland city was before me.] “This is our home,” he said smiling, and with thoughtful eyes on me.
And so, in hope and solitude, my story ends.
And I have by me, for my comfort, two strange white flowers—shrivelled now, and brown and flat and brittle—to witness that even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and tenderness still lived on in the heart of man.
from The Time Machine
And strangest of all is it to hold my wife’s hand again, and to think that I have counted her, and that she has counted me, among the dead.