1957: Huge Laboratory Opens Next Month

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.

From the North Adams Transcript (North Adams, Mass.), Wednesday, April 24, 1957.

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