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Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« on: September 28, 2006, 04:33:56 pm »
I found two Lockheed projects to start the topic

Source: Avion (magazine) January 1959

No more information given ???

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2006, 06:23:52 am »
Are you sure about the first picture? It seems to me like some bigger bizjet - a very bad configuration for nuclear powered plane...

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2006, 07:20:45 am »
I`m not sure Matej ???

In that magazine both pics are shown in the news section and the only text below it is "Lockheed Nuclear Projects". Any help to identify it will be welcome

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2006, 11:55:04 am »
The illustrations shown us by Pometabla' appeared also in
'Au dela du Ciel' of January 1960.
Illustrating two nuclear powered design conceived by Lockheed.
One civilian ,with the foreplanes, and one for military purposes.

The military aircraft  was one of the preliminary
studies in 1949 for a nuclear powered bomber by Lockheed-California
under their TDD designations CL-225-263-284-286-293-313
and 319.
The research was then transferred to Lockheed-Georgia where
work was done to meet the requirements of the USAF Weapon
System 125 under a variety of TDD designations
beginning with GL-145.

Several sources but mainly:Lockheed Aircraft since 1913.
                                     René Francillon - Putnam. 1987.

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2006, 12:11:36 pm »
Nuclear powered aircrafts are a little studied topic. In particular, we lack a comprehensive review of all the actvities done by aircraft and engine manufacturers. Lockeed and Convair are well known for having being interested, but other manufacturers were involved as well. Fairchild (the orginal one, not Republic) was in the early NEPA study,, and even Hughes had some projects (probably based on the H-4 ?) And then naturally there is the late (1959) Martin studies for a nuclear powered seaplane (seaplanes, preferibly big ones, one of my passions, d'ya notice  ;D ) Boeing did extensive studies, too.

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2006, 01:49:03 pm »
Speaking about Martin...

There's an illustration of the Martin 331 nuclear powered
derivative of the Seamaster on the site of AAHS journal...

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2006, 02:24:05 pm »
Two other examples for aircraft with nuclear propulsion:

1. A 1950s helicopter by Bell (the same problems to protect the passengers against the radiation in this two-deck configuration). (Source: „Hubschrauber und Vertikalstartflugzeuge“ by Just)

2. A Lockheed heavy-lift transport with a range reaching ‘round the earth’, shown in the “Flug Revue” 9/1978.

Has anybody an idea of the model numbers?

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2006, 06:37:15 am »
The second one has a topic on his own in the forum...

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2006, 05:32:54 am »
   Hi lark
 
  If it is possible, please show us from book Lockheed Aircraft Since 1913: Appendices: A (Lockheed aircraft model designations).

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2006, 06:00:07 am »
O.K devi,

I send the ' L' list to my Friend Pometabla' and he will put it on the
'designation' file.

For the reccord. Only the complete L list is in the book.No CL nor Gl numbers.
(these lists must be endless...)

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2006, 07:24:57 am »
The L list doesn't include the projects by the Vega division, too.

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2006, 09:35:56 am »
Indeed .

The list contains only Lockheed basic model numbers
starting with model 1 on to model 99 , a USAF  interceptor fighter
project who was cancelled in 1951.

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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2006, 11:20:20 am »
Just found, when I was searching something totally different :
Proposals for nuclear powered cargo seaplanes, either with turboprops,
or turbofans, made by J.F.Brady, engineer at Convair Division of General
Dynamics Corporation.
(from :AviationWeek, 4/1960 
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Re: Nuclear Powered Aircraft Projects
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2006, 11:32:27 am »
From the opposite side of the "iron wall" - some not very often seen installations of nuclear reactors on Myasischev M-30 and Tupolev Tu-114.

It was published in article The atomic aircraft: Future in the passed time by A. Y. Sovenko in Aviation and time magazine, 3 and 4/2004.

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