Nation: RS-70: BUST OR SUPERPLANE?

In the maneuvering last week between Congressman Carl Vinson and the Kennedy Administration, the bomber that was the cause of the fracas was all but ignored. What is the RS-70? Why did it stir such emotion in the Pentagon, the White House and the Congress? Is it a bust or a super plane?

THE RS-70 is the Air Force's new "reconnaissance-strike" version of the B70 superbomber that has been on the planning boards since 1953. It would be a truly revolutionary aircraft, flying at 2,000 m.p.h. at 80,000 ft. for distances, without refueling, of...

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