First it was known as the B-70the Air Force's manned bomber of the future. But in the age of the missile, both the Eisenhower and the Kennedy Administrations turned it down.
Then it became the RS-70RS meaning reconnaissance strike. It would, its adherents claimed, not only be a bomber but a wizard observation aircraft. But Defense Secretary Robert McNamara was dead set against it.
Next it became the XB-70Awith the X standing for experimental. Under congressional pressure, McNamara finally agreed to spend $1.4 billion to build two prototypes.
And then it was dubbed Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent, not only because of...