Saturday, May 28, 2011
"The Atomic Bomber"
The Discovery Channel documentary series Planes That Never Flew documented the United States Air Force WS-125 program in an episode titled "The Atomic Bomber." In 1954 the United States Air Force released a weapon systems requirement, designated WS-125, for a nuclear-powered long-range bomber. A General Electric and Convair team and a Pratt & Whitney and Lockheed team competitively addressed this requirement. After spending more than 1 billion US dollars, the program was canceled on March 28, 1961. The episode contains computer-generated animations of the Convair NX2 concept.