An Evaluation of Very Large Airplanes and Alternative Fuels: Executive Summary

An Evaluation of Very Large Airplanes and Alternative Fuels: Executive Summary

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Very large airplanes using alternative fuels are examined in the context of existing and possible future U.S. Air Force missions. Synthetic jet fuel, liquid methane, liquid hydrogen, and nuclear propulsion are the fuel alternatives selected for detailed analysis. Conceptual designs of airplanes using each of these fuels were developed, and estimates were made of their life-cycle cost and life-cycle energy consumption.