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Originally posted by whywhynot
reply to post by Aloysius the Gaul
Johnson talked about a YF 11 experimental interceptor had been developed. I think that he mis-spoke regarding the YF 11 as I can find no reference to it. There was no mention of the reconnaissance SR 71.
I cannot find any non classified references to the SR 71 until shortly before its initial retirement in 1989, can you?
Johnson spoke of an experimental interceptor that had been developed. There was no mention of the 32 SR 71s that that were built and flown that I can find. Are you a myth buster?
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by whywhynot
There were a lot of references to the SR-71.
In fact just before (as in hours before) he announced them, they had to fly two of them from Groom Lake to Edwards because he was going to say they were flying out of Edwards AFB, and not Groom Lake. That was the first official announcement of the SR-71.
Good summary of the two methods.
Aloysius the Gaul
You can use the heat directly or indirectly - if directly then you suck in air, pass it over the hot core, and it gets expelled out the back hot and fast - and by hot I mean both radioactive hot and temperature hot!! This was how the SLAM would ahve worked
the indirect method uses a heat exchanger - you heat a working fluid with the core, and then use that to heat air through a heat exchanger. This way the air does not get radioactive.
See the wiki article on nuclear aircraft propulsion for links