Ep 164: Nuclear powered aircraft



Nuclear powered aircraft

In the 1950/s the United States Airforce and Navy considered nuclear powered aircraft. Instead of burning fuel to heat air and provide thrust, a nuclear-powered jet engine would heat the air from the heat generated by a nuclear reactor. If it had worked, the aircraft could have remained airborne for months at a time, limited only by the endurance of the flight crew.

Here’s a rather good 46-minute-long documentary on the United States’ program to develop nuclear powered flight.

Nuclear Powered Bomber Documentary

Here’s an article on nuclear powered aircraft.

America’s Crazy Attempts to Build
Nuclear-Powered Aircraft

And here’s an article on a proposed civil airliner, that would be powered by a nuclear fusion reactor—even though nobody knows how to make a fusion reactor yet.

Could this be the first nuclear-powered airliner?


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