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Copyright © 2008, Doug Wade

They had this idea that anything involving power might become nuclear and were doing some initial testing of nuclear jet engines. They were static tests so they didn't worry about weight. It sounds like they basically worked, it's just a stupid idea and once it became obvious that this wasn't the wave of the future and that we weren't going to fall behind the Russians in nuclear jet technology (mostly because ICBMs were being invented) they stopped that line of research.
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