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Originally posted by Zaphod58
The US never flew a nuclear powered bomber.
The B-36 that was modified actually flew with a 1 megawatt reactor on board
I guess you buy the USAF cover story- "ya we spent millions building this test plane, flew it around and decided that trying it out wasn't worth flipping the switch"
As for the original picture that is different then the one mentioned in the video I think we need to look through some old mags. Or can you direct us as to where or what you typed to get this image.
General Electric developed a HUGE jet engine, the X211 (military J-87), to be used in the 450,000-pound Convair NX-2 bomber. The engine would have been a twin-turbine unit with a nuclear reactor and heat exchanger between the engines to heat the air entering the turbine section. Each side of the engine would develop 27,730 pounds of thrust. The paired unit was 42’ long, and weighed 15,745 pounds.
The C-133 test bed would operate only the right engine of the pair, with an air intake aft of the crew entrance door. The test parameters included speed to Mach 0.62 and altitude to 35,000’. The first year was planned for 75 total flight hours, and 100 hours in subsequent years. It would have been an interesting operation, to say the least.
Originally posted by sherpa