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Originally Posted by amorph;15447462 
Ace Combat much?

I came into the thread hoping to see an Ace Combat reference. It took five pages, but you got there nonetheless. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by Oupavoc;15446807 
Wouldnt the sheer size and wright makes this almost impossible to build and keep it im the sky?
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Originally Posted by CAHOP240;15447400 
That's what they said about the Titanic wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Blameless;15447501 
I'm pretty sure they didn't.

LOL. Blameless, I'm not sure if you meant that as a joke.

"Wouldn't the sheer size and weight make this almost impossible to build and keep it in the sky?" (About the Titanic)
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Hm, now to make that in the shape of a Protoss carrier and we would be set.
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News excerpt from 2041:

Large, nuclear powered aircraft crashes in US mainland, 200 miles of land has now been wiped out by explosion/radiation.
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Originally Posted by trueg50;15447443 
Reports seem to vary, this one says 12 tons, others say 80 tons of protection. It may be that it was initially 80 tons, but dropped to 12 tons of directional shielding (only the front part of the plane).

The US navy doesn't talk about certain things, but I seem to remember the lead shielding as being around 3 feet thick on typical submarines.

Several feet would have been weight prohibitive for an air craft. In the reactor test we are refering to, I'm positive the shielding was directional. Otherwise they would not have needed to sheild the cockpit windows as well.

Regarding Naval reactors, I've heard "over 100 tons" of lead shielding as being typical (http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ship/eng/reactor.html), but even 100 tons of lead probably isn't several feet thick when talking about the volume of a reactor chamber on a capital ship. Still, I suppose it's possible.
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Originally Posted by Skripka;15447528 
You're suggesting a steam engine and a return to propeller driven aircraft? Because electrical generation techniques haven't changed much at all in a century. The only thing that has changed is how you boil water to make steam.

Yes, I'm suggesting a reactor attached to a turbine attached to a generator making electricity for electric motors.

How else would they do it?
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And here's a little tutorial on how to shoot down such a megaplane. True story!

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hwLORA8-D0[/ame]
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I think is a good concept idea for space craft like mothership but for usage inside earth not a good idea
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Originally Posted by Carniflex;15447510 
Using hot air balloons to float this thing might be energetically more feasible.
Hot air balloons don't provide enough lift and might interfere with incoming aircraft. How much helium/hydrogen would be needed to lift a 747?

http://science.howstuffworks.com/helium2.htm
747 = 975,000 lb

For a single 747, a rough estimate is a 320ft diameter helium balloon but not accounting for lower air density and impluse of landing aircraft.
Edited by DuckieHo - 10/25/11 at 8:34am
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News excerpt from 2041:

Large, nuclear powered aircraft crashes in US mainland, 200 miles of land has now been wiped out by explosion/radiation.

Dude.

The Soviet Union launched MANY full fledged nuclear reactors into orbit on test satellites...and all of them came plunging back down. Your fear are by and large silly, even if this engineers pipe-dream ever did take off.
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For some reason I keep thinking of the Damocles from Code Geass.......

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