US Government Planning to Use Boeing 747 Supertanker to Clean Cities After Nuclear, Biological Attacks

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I don't know about you, but this makes me nervous: US government agencies are now looking at the possibility of using the impressive Boeing 747-100 Supertanker for dirty radioactive and biological bombing clean-up. In fact, it's already being tested:

We're doing some testing on cloud knockdown, sort of a Chernobyl-type [1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant's reactor meltdown, which resulted in a big radioactive billow that reached Northern Europe] event.

That's what Sam White, Evergreen senior VP, says about their Supertanker. Hopefully we will never see in action for this purpose, and it will remain fighting forest fires. Meanwhile, Darpa is testing absorbent gels—like the ones used in diapers—mixed with nanoscale materials designed to clean away contaminants. In theory, these new substances will be able to take out 98% of the radioactive particles in half an hour.


That's good news.

The bad news: They have only tested it on concrete, not humans.

[Technology via Flightglobal]