ARMED FORCES: Unlimited Wings

Ever since airpower became a factor in modern warfare, military strategists have dreamed of a warplane with no practical limit to its cruising range. Even when physicists scoffed, the dreamers started investigating atomic power as a feasible power source. This week there were new indications the U.S. is moving closer than dreams to building an atom-powered aircraft.

Awarded by the Air Force to Lockheed Aircraft Corp. and Convair Division of General Dynamics Corp. were competitive contracts for the development of air frames capable of carrying atomic engines. Lockheed will conduct its program...

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