Enlarge/ What does an ‘Hellcat’ engine look like?

    (CBC)The speed engineering division of the U.S. military’s Hellcat program was born out of the idea that an aircraft should fly faster than its design can allow.

    The program began in 1958 when Lockheed Martin Corp. began development of the F-100 Thunderjet fighter jet, but was cancelled after only three years.

    The F-104 Starfighter was the first aircraft to be built under the program and has since been used by U.N. peacekeepers and the U,S.


    The Hellcat is designed to fly at speeds in excess of Mach 10, which is considered the speed of light.

    The engine is designed for maximum fuel efficiency and to be able to carry a payload of up to 50,000 pounds.

    In the test flight, the F110-100 engine performed in excess with the airframe weight.

    It is not clear what type of payload the engine can carry, though the Air Force said in a news release that it is designed as a payload delivery system.

    The Air Force has said it is working with Boeing Co. and other companies to develop a commercial version of the Hellcat.

    The Pentagon said it would not be commenting further.


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