Science: Atomic Hints

Plenty is going on behind the U.S. atomic curtain, and once in a while a trickle of rumor, correct or incorrect, leaks through. Last week David M. Poole, an engineer working at Oak Ridge with NEPA (Nuclear Energy for Propulsion of Aircraft), gave an exciting hint to the Baltimore Society of Automotive Engineers.

Said Engineer Poole: the theory of the atom-driven airplane is "99% perfected." The long-haired scientists have done their work, he explained, and now it is up to the "slide-rule men" to translate theory into a tangible airplane.

What sort of engine would be used? Poole was vague. It would not...

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