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Old 20-04-2009, 07:45 PM   #1
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Found this from an Engineering News website:

Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Like Thunderbirds' Fireflash?

From Science Fiction in the News:

Nuclear-powered aircraft could make a comeback after being given the axe in the 1950's. Dr. Ian Poll, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Cranfield university, says that the experiments conducted during the Cold War have shown that nuclear-powered aircraft are possible. And there is a new problem; since the end of the oil era is now in sight, we need an alternative to kerosene-powered aircraft. "We need a design which is not kerosene-powered, and I think nuclear-powered aeroplanes are the answer beyond 2050. The idea was proved 50 years ago, but I accept it would take about 30 years to persuade the public of the need to fly on them." "It's done on nuclear submarines and could be achieved on aircraft by locating the reactors with the engines out on the wings," Dr. Poll said. Fans of the series Thunderbirds recall the Fireflash airliner. The first episode shows the nuclear-powered airliner on its maiden voyage from London to Tokyo. At six times the speed of sound.
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Old 21-04-2009, 09:21 AM   #2
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I'd only fly on the thing if I knew the TBs had finally set up shop. Could you imagine the carry on. One hint from terrorists would have them grounded. I wonder if the Hood works for one of these organisations.
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one crash would spell disaster for a wide area..
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Wouldn't happen with the TBs around though would it.... I've seen the ep.
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ah yes, but in the episode Operation Crash Dive one Fireflash disappears, and another blows up on the surface-no more fishing in that area for a while! I wonder where the missing one went...
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Wouldn't happen with the TBs around though would it.... I've seen the ep.
Well.....at least that is some chance of hope......be it bloody stastically impossible! Still, you might meet Tin Tin on board and die happy!

Knowing my luck the gorgeous stewardess serving me would be The Hood in drag!


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Old 21-04-2009, 01:07 PM   #7
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it would have to look like Fireflash to be cool. If i see another 'new' plane that has almost EXACTLY the same config. as a boeing or airbus i will fall into depression. Change is needed!
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it would have to look like Fireflash to be cool. If i see another 'new' plane that has almost EXACTLY the same config. as a boeing or airbus i will fall into depression. Change is needed!
I have to concur here. Airbus's fleet looks like Boeing's with anorexia and the A380 is basically a 747's obese aunty!

The real anguish is the Concorde. Having that scrapped is basically Mechanical Murder!

Virgin wanted to buy one of BA's concorde getting it flying again but BA point-blank refused. Rather bizarre that seeing BA bought it off the government for legal tender of £1. Maybe BA thought it was a BA product. It wasn't it was a product of Aérospatiale and BAC.



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Agreed. It's daft. Never flown before, but i would quite happily fly in a Fireflash every day of the week
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Agreed. It's daft. Never flown before, but i would quite happily fly in a Fireflash every day of the week

You have never flown? Look at Youtube and type in taking-off and landing ,as many people have filmed from the window seat the full thrill of flying. Best in full view. Here is a few examples of good and bad flying!

San Fransico landing:


And London City........... I often fly from there and Landing I DREAD!

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'bumps a-daisy' lol
rather you than me! might go to Germany soon to visit my Grandad.
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