1956 ... atomic powered flight!

... this is a re-post of an earlier image (better version). As discussed earlier, the dream of aircraft that could stay aloft indefinitely, powered by atomic reactors  was dashed by...

1. tremendous cost
2. insurmountable technical problems- mainly how to not cook the crew
3. development of air-to air refueling
4. introduction of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles
5. the fact that they were crazy dangerous
6. a rare period of sanity at the Pentagon

... did I mention crazy dangerous? 

all images- Right click- open in New Window= super colossal size!