Register here

Author Topic: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies  (Read 8203 times)

Offline Skyblazer

  • Global Moderator
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ****
  • Posts: 12922
1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« on: March 21, 2012, 07:00:26 am »
Lockheed nuclear-powered bomber project (CAMAL contender), very different from alleged designs previously shown and found in:

HEARING BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE
JOINT COMMITTEE ON ATOMIC ENERGY CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
EIGHTY-SIXTH CONGRESS
FIRST SESSION ON THE AIRCRAFT NUCLEAR PROPULSION PROGRAM
JULY 23, 1959
Printed for the use of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy

Offline foiling

  • CLEARANCE: Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 261
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012, 05:24:43 am »
Interesting & unusual design; thanks for sharing, Stargazer2006.
 

Offline mithril

  • CLEARANCE: Confidential
  • *
  • Posts: 113
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2012, 11:22:13 am »
looks like a bomber sized F-104 Starfighter.

Offline sferrin

  • Senior Member
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 8975
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2012, 01:49:33 pm »
They'd have had to have made the runway for it on the salt flats in Utah.
"DARPA Hard"  It ain't what it use to be.

Offline lark

  • Senior Member
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 1722
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2012, 02:40:33 pm »
See also :Lockheed GL-145 via the search function..

Offline Steve Pace

  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 2256
  • Aviation History Writer
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2012, 03:00:41 pm »
CODE ONE magazine online posted this Lockheed design today. -SP


Quote
The Lockheed L-225 design concept was the company’s second look at a bomber powered by a small nuclear reactor. Although no engineering reports could be found on this design (which dates back to 1951) dozens of original drawings showing twenty-seven iterations of the basic layout were discovered. Each of the iterations shows the aircraft capable of carrying two missiles, rather than being strictly a bomber. The L-225, had it been built, would have been powered by four nuclear-fueled engines.
« Last Edit: December 10, 2012, 05:18:07 pm by flateric »
When you know you're right, go ahead.

Offline Skyblazer

  • Global Moderator
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ****
  • Posts: 12922
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2012, 04:08:02 pm »
CODE ONE magazine online posted this Lockheed design today. -SP

Er... not today. It's been there for a few days now...  ::)
« Last Edit: December 10, 2012, 05:11:40 pm by flateric »

Offline Steve Pace

  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ***
  • Posts: 2256
  • Aviation History Writer
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2012, 05:01:17 pm »
CODE ONE magazine online posted this Lockheed design today. -SP

Er... not today. It's been there for a few days now...  ::)
Pardon me, please. -SP
« Last Edit: December 10, 2012, 05:11:54 pm by flateric »
When you know you're right, go ahead.

Offline PlanesPictures

  • Senior Member
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 886
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2012, 11:09:19 pm »
It is so ugly that it is nice

Offline dickie

  • CLEARANCE: Confidential
  • *
  • Posts: 46
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2012, 09:24:30 am »
you can really see the f-104 in this thing :P just bloated and scaled up a few times.

Offline pometablava

  • Global Moderator
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ****
  • Posts: 3150
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2012, 12:39:01 pm »
Quote
dozens of original drawings showing twenty-seven iterations of the basic layout were discovered.

Would be great to see more, specially those armed with missiles ::)

Offline lark

  • Senior Member
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 1722
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2012, 07:40:49 am »
I saw in the Code One mag.page that the L-225 is  'take two'  ....
Is there somewhere a 'take one'  ?

Offline PaulMM (Overscan)

  • Secret Projects Forum Founder
  • Administrator
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • *****
  • Posts: 10137
  • Paul Martell-Mead
    • Secret Projects
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2012, 09:39:41 am »
L-195 was Lockheed's "take one" on nuclear bombers.
"They can't see our arses for dust."
 
- Sir Sydney Camm

Offline lark

  • Senior Member
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • **
  • Posts: 1722
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2012, 12:12:11 pm »
Aha ! Thanks a lot..

Offline pometablava

  • Global Moderator
  • CLEARANCE: Top Secret
  • ****
  • Posts: 3150
Re: 1950s Lockheed Nuclear Powered bomber studies
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2012, 12:24:52 pm »
Look here for L-195...and zillions of amazing unbuilt projects

Mother Ships, Parasites and More: Selected USAF Strategic Bomber, XC Heavy Transport and FICON Studies, 1945-1954 (American Aerospace Archive 5)

http://retromechanix.com/category/publications/books-and-magazines/