Where??? Naugatuck Connecticut is a sleepy little burg about an hour from the capital of Hartford. It just happens that the US head office of the division I work for is located there. We fly out early Tuesday morning and come back late Thursday night.
Naugatuck was first settled in the early 1700’s. Charles Goodyear discovered the process of the vulcanization of rubber in 1839. If the “Nauga” sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because Naugahyde was once made there.
Today, it’s the home of the Peter Paul division of Hershey Foods. Peter Paul makes Almond Joy and Mounds candy bars. Other than that, not much in the way of a claim to fame. Rubber production dwindled out in the 1980’s and Naugatuck today is more of bedroom community for New Haven and Fairfield County.
The trip will include my first flights in and out of Hartford’s Bradley International Airport since early this decade. Air Canada Jazz handles the route with their old Dash 8 -100 series and it will be a treat to fly the airplane again as I’m looking at doing some work on the original cockpit mock-up that we have at the museum.