Chemical Fuel for Planes?
It is understood the Air Force has let contracts for a new type supersonic bomber that will be powered by highenergy chemicals rather than petroleum or nuclear fuels.
Although the announcement was made some months ago, awards of additional contracts by the Air Force focus attention to the project.
Speaking of the fuels, one officer said: “We have to develop the chemical before we decide on the engine.” But work on both is reported progressing.
The chemical-powered plane would use a type of such high-energy fuel as boron or lithium which, according to some authorities, yields a greater heat energy than do conventional petroleum fuels and provide greater range and speed. The point is made that such chemicals might prove more practical for military planes than nuclear fuel, which must be shielded by heavy lead.