Happy Birthday Trinity!
Any Lady or Gentleman with an Atomic Appreciation should enjoy this one!
Pictured above is the Convair NB-36H, nicknamed the Crusader. This aircraft was a converted B-36 which carried a small Nuclear Reactor. The Crusader was built to prove that an aircraft could be shielded enough so that the pilots could be safe, while also lifting the almost limitless power source. The aircraft never used the Atomic Reactor to for power or propulsion, but engineers on the ground developed direct cycle and indirect cycle Atomic jet engines for further testing. While the program made leaps and bounds in the miniaturization of nuclear reactors, the use of aircraft for the purpose of long range nuclear weapon delivery was eliminated with advances in the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile field.