Shutdown: Sundown

Good night, sweet prince…

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Atomic Awesome

One is the Loneliest Number

In 1961, GE proposed using a mildly modified B-52 as a test bed for the the XNJ140E-1 nuclear turbojet. In a wild tribute to asymmetry, the large atomic engine would have been mounted along the left aft portion of the fuselage. The initial plans were for the test aircraft to retain all eight of its conventional turbojet engines, yet be capable of being powered by the reactor for sustained nuclear flight. This testing would wring out the nuclear turbojet before its use in the NX-2 nuclear bomber. There were even alternate configurations of the B-52 test bed that utilized a second atomic engine, and only four conventional turbines. In this configuration, the Stratofortress would have been capable of pure nuclear flight for the entirety of the mission, including take-off and landing.

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Airborne Awesomosity

Feeling Crabby

My commute to work on Wednesdays is longer than normal because I have an extra stop to make in the morning. It also exposes me to an extra freeway that I normally would avoid in my commute the other 4 work days of the week. This means dealing with more idiots who can’t read speed limit signs and insist on driving in the left lane at 60 mph in a 70 mph zone but have no problem going 70 mph in a 55 mph zone. Then they get pissed at me for flashing my lights at them because we’re in the left lane and passing on the right is illegal. One lady told me I was number one this morning. So, today being Wednesday, I am a bit crabbier than usual and I thought I would pay homage to my mood in today’s post. Hit the jump for more crab action.
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Airborne Awesomosity

Balls 8

Eight Pratt & Whitney J57-19 turbojet engines come to life. The pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer and others are strapped in to their seats. The first streaks of dawn’s light are showing in the sky over the dry lake bed. The air is still. The behemoth begins to roll, accelerating slowly at first. After […]