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Offline DeadNutz

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Aviation theme Zippo lighters
« on: October 09, 2021, 07:22:13 PM »
I don't know if I ever showed this Zippo I acquired about 25 years ago. It was carried on the first flight of the triple-sonic XB-70 bomber built by North American Aircraft. An example of the plane resides at the Air Force Museum in Dayton OH. I bought the lighter from the widow of an airline captain who had been best friends with aviation fiction writer John Ball who had been presented with the lighter. Ball also wrote Heat of the Night which most of us have heard of.


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Re: Aviation theme Zippo lighters
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2021, 07:27:46 PM »
Wow that really is cool.
Is the need enough? Or does the want suffice?

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Re: Aviation theme Zippo lighters
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2021, 07:29:57 PM »
Had to loo it up....looks like Clint Eastwood's FIREFOX.

Is the need enough? Or does the want suffice?

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Re: Aviation theme Zippo lighters
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2021, 07:25:03 PM »
Yes the fictional Firefox looked similar to the XB-70 but was a fraction of the size. At Westinghouse in the late 70's I worked with guys who had worked for NAA and helped build the bomber. They said the honeycomb construction was new and took some time to master. It also took them some time to solve the problem of the fuel tanks leaking.

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Re: Aviation theme Zippo lighters
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2021, 07:34:18 AM »
If I remember right one of the two XB-70 aircraft crashed when an F104 chase plane got caught in the wake and rolled into it.  The other is on display at the AF Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB OH, it's quite a site to look at the exhaust of those six massive engines.
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Re: Aviation theme Zippo lighters
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2021, 08:24:10 PM »
If I remember right one of the two XB-70 aircraft crashed when an F104 chase plane got caught in the wake and rolled into it.  The other is on display at the AF Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB OH, it's quite a site to look at the exhaust of those six massive engines.

Yes it crashed during a photo shoot that was for publicity purposes and was totally unnecessary and was a waste of 2 aircraft and 2 lives. It crashed outside of Edwards AFB near Barstow CA.

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