Road to Top Gun — Update: Bret Becker’s North American XB-70 Valkyrie flies!

Road to Top Gun — Update: Bret Becker’s North American XB-70 Valkyrie flies!

So, after a rebuild of an old project, Bret Becker successfully test flew his Top Gun entry, the North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie. Check out this great flight shot taken recently at the Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, OH. Great going Bret! See ya at Top Gun!


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  1. Awesome! Can’t wait to see it at Top Gun ! Congrats Bret. I´m looking forward to meet you there!

  2. How cool! My favorite aircraft, always wanted to see a flying model made. I hope some flying video of it will be posted.

  3. Love it. Would really like to see it fly someday.

  4. Hey pilot am wetting to buy it when you are Tired with it
    Enjoy your flying.

  5. I bet it’ll even go faster than Frank’s Escalade! Beautiful!

  6. Good luck Bret!

  7. Hi, I used to fly chase on the B-70 program as a motion picture cameraman.. I have quite a few still pictures of the
    B-70 in flight… One of the rare photos is, when the nose gear got stuck into the nose wheel door and was subsequently unstuck with a paper clip… Give me a e-mail address and I will send you some shots….
    Also if you think I am pulling your leg, go to Google, Type in Movies, then my name Chuck Colwell and you see some of the Hollywood movies I shot as Director of Photography…….
    Cheers, Chuck, Good Luck at Top Gun

    1. Mr. Colwell, I’m a published author. I’m Italian. I’m writing my second book on Hollywood B-movies. I’d be happy to ask you some questions concerning your films with the late Raphael Nussbaum. I’m also looking for “vintage” photos. If you are interested to participate, feel free to reach me at my email address at your convenience:

  8. Love it. Please post video of it flying

  9. John Lockwood

    Was stationed at Edwards 1965-1966 working at what we called the ‘old base’. Our facility was about quarter mile of end of runway. From our roof we saw many of the flights made and somewhere I have a series of takeoff pictures taken with the cheap camera I had at the time. Imagine a crystal clear morning – blue sky with a tan desert environment. This magnificent white aircraft taxies about two miles to your left and turns to the runway. In the distance is a dot in the sky that grows larger and as it approaches black smoke pours from the back of the XB-70 as it starts it’s takeoff roll. About half way down the runway the dot has caught up with the XB-70 – it is the chase plane – a B-58 Hustler, with wheels down, which had taken off previously. Together as the XB-70 lifts off they passed our building with the roar of ten engines in full afterburner. It was a slight one never forgets.

    Congratulations to Ray for starting the project and to Bert for seeing it thru – Has been on my dream wish for decades and look forward to the videos of it flying.

  10. Congratulations Bret! Hope to see you and the XB-70 at the EDF Jet Jam.

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