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The XB-70 Valkyrie: The Sad Story of the Biggest and Fastest U.S. Bomber Ever

Dave Majumdar Security, But it never, ever dropped a single bomb.  With the growing realization that Soviet SAMs posed an increasing threat to American bombers, the Pentagon started to explore low-level penetration as an alternative. Low-level penetration involved flying under the radar horizon using terrain to mask a bomber’s approach, which greatly reduces enemy response times.
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