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Riding The Shockwave by markkarvon Riding The Shockwave by markkarvon
A remake of my first digital painting featuring the XB-70 Valkyrie. There were 2 prototypes built of the XB-70 Valkyrie, Mach 3 bomber. It was realized that the shock cone which developed during supersonic flight could be utilized to create more lift and speed during flight. The unique shape of the Valkyrie and the cantable wing tips were designed to take advantage of this phenomenon. This is a depiction of the magnificent XB-70 Valkyrie riding the shockwave. Prints are available through my website, www.markkarvon.net.
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:iconghost-studio-devs:
Ghost-Studio-Devs Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2018
that feels pure 60s
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:iconjisullivan:
jisullivan Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
Beautiful work, but wanted to make you aware of a typo in the caption.  Missing a "k", I believe.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
This is just a stunning image, from an era when it seemed quite reasonable to believe that there were no limits that those engineers and designers could not overcome. The beast would still be useful today, defenses would be so vastly different if they'd built them. I've seen the one in Dayton and just... marveled.
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StreakValkyrie Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww beautiful~
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:icondinobatfan:
dinobatfan Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Outstanding work as always! :D
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:icontimekeeper9:
Timekeeper9 Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
A sexy beast for sure. She's looking good in her new (if crowded) place at the museum.
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:iconherrdrayer:
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner May 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, how I would have loved to see this guy fly.  I understand its fuel economy was dismal though.  :(
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:iconpaws4thot:
paws4thot Featured By Owner May 2, 2017
Your beautiful white bird.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconpaws4thot:
paws4thot Featured By Owner May 9, 2017
You're always welcome.
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Sidewinderstriker Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
If I'm not mistaken this plane did have a legacy, named Concorde.
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:iconpaws4thot:
paws4thot Featured By Owner May 2, 2017
You are mistaken; the 2 types were both in the early design phase in 1954-56. Concorde's later first flight was due to time being spent in producing technology demonstrators rather than proceeding from drawing board to a full size airframe.
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Sidewinderstriker Featured By Owner May 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay I am. There was an attempt to create a Supersonic transport based off the xb-70 that was intended to be Concorde's competitor. But one of Rockwell's concept art pieces in that project did hint at the future B-1 lancer.
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paws4thot Featured By Owner May 3, 2017
I've never seen that specific concept art, but that means that I've never seen it rather than that it doesn't exist. There is so much 1950s and 60s concept art that I'd be surprised if anyone's seen it all. For instance there was one piece from the 1960s (used as cover of an RAF Yearbook) of the "Concorde B2" (aka Concbomber) carrying 3 pylon hung Blue Steel stand-off bombs.
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Sidewinderstriker Featured By Owner May 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I found it in a book about the xb-70 written by Graham M Simons called "Valkyrie".
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:iconpaws4thot:
paws4thot Featured By Owner May 9, 2017
And book now arrived and well worth £9 delivered!
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:iconsidewinderstriker:
Sidewinderstriker Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to hear I was of help!
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:iconpaws4thot:
paws4thot Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
I thought you'd feel like that, which is why I posted that I'd bought and been impressed by the book.
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:iconpaws4thot:
paws4thot Featured By Owner May 4, 2017
Thanks for that; book now ordered! (£9 in paperback)
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beautyliesintheeye Featured By Owner May 1, 2017
Amazing, I never heard about this. Quite a feat. I'll read on it. ,-)
And of course your usual unbelievable remarkable [...] fantastic paintings...
Yes, I sadly had to cut short, as I know you've heard it all before, but will release the extended version upon request. ;-)
Thank you. :-)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:icondullboy:
dullboy Featured By Owner May 1, 2017
As usual, excellent work! I like your plane pictures the best! :)
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconmisterluk:
MisterLuK Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice artwork ! It's too beautiful, I can't say anything.
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Marvelous. :love:
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome
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:iconjhawkr2010:
JhawkR2010 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Flight of ...

der "Valkyrie" ! ! !
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:iconregolith247:
Regolith247 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
Amazing aircraft- too bad it was effectively obsolete before it was even built.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017  Professional Photographer
Excellent. :D
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Ricardo.
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:iconslowdog294:
slowdog294 Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Professional Photographer
Many welcomes, Mark. :D
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:iconlyle462:
Lyle462 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
Love it!
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:iconmarkkarvon:
markkarvon Featured By Owner May 6, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Lyle.
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Taltharius Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
Sexy plane. Were it not for that midair collision during one of the test flights, this beauty might have actually seen service...
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