Vulcan B1 XA896 seen at RAF Waddington in August 1957. This aircraft was piloted by WC AD Frank and his crew who were selected in participate in the 1957 Strategic Air Command bombing competition held in Pinecastle, Florida. Note the aircraft is not in the more familiar all-white gloss finish. XA 896 was one of the first Vulcans to be delivered to 230 OCU
The XB-70, one of the world's most exotic airplanes, was conceived for the Strategic Air Command in the 1950s as a high-altitude bomber that could fly three times the speed of sound (Mach 3). Because of fund limitations, only two were built, not as bombers, but as research aircraft for the advanced study of aerodynamics, propulsion and other subjects related to large supersonic aircraft.
MADISON, Ala. - U.S. Air Force Colonel and Madison resident Leo Thorsness has passed away at the age of 85. He was a U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He died on Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Thorsness was born in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, on February 14, 1932, and enlisted in the United States Air Force in January of 1952. He applied for fighting school and became an officer and Air Force pilot. He served as a fighter pilot in the Strategic Air Command.