Science: Atom-Driven Planes

One of science's most exciting—and most secret—projects is adapting atomic energy to aircraft. Since atomic fuel (plutonium or uranium 235) would have over two million times as much energy as gasoline, a "nuclear-powered" plane could fly on & on, round & round the earth. It could fly at its top speed all the time, and land with the same weight (and about the same amount of reserve fuel) that it took off with.

Dr. Andrew Kalitinsky of Fairchild Engine & Airplane Corp. (which is working under the Atomic Energy Commission) recently explained the problem...

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