Middletown, Conn.–The $50 million laboratory in Connecticut where the world’s first atomic aircraft engine may be developed is to open next month, reports the New England Council.
By mid-May, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft corporation, which will operate the Air Force center at Middletown, expects to move in a first contingent of 500 administrative personnel and office workers. They’ll be closely followed by laboratory workers now in other Pratt & Whitney Aircraft operations.
The entire force will be concentrated on the goal of developing a nuclear-powered aircraft engine.
By fall it’s estimated the center’s staff will number 3,500 people, of whom half will be scientists and engineers.