I watched a "Black Aircraft" show on the science channel. In the show they mentioned a researcher working on old Russian technology that placed a strong beam in front of the aircraft to strip electrons from the air molecules so the plasma creates its own initial shockwave to lessen drag on plane. Then electro-magnets located inside the aircraft would accelerate the ions in the air as MHD to provide 1/2 the thrust. As a few in here seem to follow the X43 and SCRAMjet, and I ask if this is even possible much less probable? One person interviewed on the show said that the Russian prototype was clocked at mach 12 and mach 16 by some european radar operator. That would make the X15 some sort of flying yugo in comparison at what, a measely mach 6 or whatever it reached before the program was canceled? So what do you guys think: Is this some leftover cold-war propaganda mixed with science fiction??