User talk:XB-70

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XB-70, hi! Welcome to Wikipedia. I saw your username and got pulled in. I'm not typically one of the Wikipedia welcoming committee, but I had to check out that username. I'm a Valkyrie fan, too. I think the Valkyrie is one of the most beautiful things ever created by man. I disambiguated the XB-70 in the Valkyrie article as one of my first actions on the Wikipedia, a bit more than a year ago (Dec 27, 2003, before I was Catbar, just an IP address).

I wrote an article called "Obscure Flying Objects" for a local Mensa group that I belong to that I also published on the web. It covers the Valkyrie, as well as the ZMC-2 "Tin Bubble" and space object J002E3. Here's a link if you're interested [1]. Sadly, some of the web links to this article are now dead, especially the x-plane drawing of the Valkyrie. Perhaps it's still there on the website, in a different place.

I've appended our normal welcome template below, but I wanted to say a personal "hello" too. Good luck with your future work on the Wikipedia!


Hello, XB-70, and welcome to Wikipedia. Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. If you are stuck, and looking for help, please come to the Wikipedia Boot Camp, where experienced Wikipedians can answer any queries you have! Or, you can just type {{helpme}} on your user page, and someone will show up shortly to answer your questions. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

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Catbar (Brian Rock) 03:38, 30 Jan 2005 (UTC)


I just wanted to say that your discussion of what a theory is/isn't on Talk:Evolution/Creationism was succinct and fairly surprising to hear from a teenager. Good job! --Negative3 18:01, 17 August 2005 (UTC)[]

Tupolev Bear and 'fastest prop aircraft'[edit]

Actually, the Tupolev Tu-114 holds the world speed record and a large number of others for turboprop aircraft. If you see the Bear on the FAI list, please let me know, but until then I'm reverting my edit. ericg 03:34, 4 November 2005 (UTC)[]

E-Prime expression of locaton[edit]

Hello, I noticed that on the talk page about E-Prime you asked about expressing location. I have found another way besides those already mentioned on the talk page of expressing this. Instead of saying "I 'am' here", one can say "I find myself here". I believe that the Romance Languages employ this expression, as I encountered it in my study of French. I sometimes hear it used in English as well, no doubt due to the French influence, and ususally in English I hear it used to descibe something besides location. For example: "I found her quite pleasant", or "I found them delicious". While I find more cumbersome to use than 'is', it seems more accurate in that it pretty explicitly states that we describe our perception of the thing describes, and not some sort of objective ultimate reality. Matt V. 10:52, 5 April 2006 (UTC)[]

No problemo, Ryan. If you ever have any questions or things similar in some way to questions regarding E-Prime, please feel free to email me or write me on my talk page. Matt V. 14:12, 5 April 2006 (UTC)[]

Metal Storm[edit]

Gday Ryan, I understand you were the author of a 'cleanup' recommendation on the Metal Storm page a while back. I'm inclined to remove it, but wanted your opinion whether it had 'come up to scratch' in the meantime. Cheers, Tban 01:17, 21 May 2006 (UTC)[]

SR-71 inlets[edit]

Hi, I noticed you changed Jet engine last April [2] and added some text to the effect that shockwave off the inlet cone misses the rim of the cowling. So far as I know, that's correct, but there is some disagreement from some of the guys that actually flew her(!) How do you know this to be true? (There's a disagreement in the SR-71 article over this- I did find one shock diagram that shows this, but I'd like a second cite to back it up if there is one.)WolfKeeper 00:28, 20 February 2007 (UTC)[]

p.s. you wouldn't happen to have the supersonic lift/drag ratio of the Valkyrie by any chance? There's a myth going around that it had the highest lift/drag of any aircraft ever, but I think it only had the highest of any supersonic aircraft. But I'd like a hard number to put it to bed.WolfKeeper 00:34, 20 February 2007 (UTC)[]