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August 2015

Friday, August 7, 2015
Military Engines, History

Pratt & Whitney's TF33 Engine Celebrates its 55th Year with a Promise of Many More to Come

First introduced on the U.S. Air Force's B-52H long-range, eight-engine Boeing intercontinental bomber, the TF33 continues to serve that fleet today and is also on AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System), the Joint Stars and some special mission aircraft. … See more

July 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
History

July 22, 1925: The Beginning of a Great and Ongoing Story

Ninety years ago, on July 22, 1925, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft was established in Hartford by 37-year-old Frederick B. Rentschler, an aircraft engine designer from Ohio who had developed "a consuming passion" for aviation. … See more

Thursday, July 16, 2015
History

1929: Pratt & Whitney Builds a New 'Bee Hive' in East Hartford

On Saturday, May 11, 1929, Pratt & Whitney announced big news for the Greater Hartford area. … See more

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
History

Something Special: Rentschler's Former Connecticut Mansion Continues to Inspire

In 1953, Pratt & Whitney founder Frederick Rentschler chose his back patio to discuss the evolution of aviation in the film, "We Saw It Happen." … See more

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
History

For Sale: 6,400 Square Feet and a Piece of History

Day after day, month after month, year after year, the sun would throw light into a large historic home, and there would be no one inside to appreciate it. … See more

June 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
History

Rentschler's Legacy Begins in Hamilton, Ohio

In 1950, Pratt & Whitney founder Frederick Rentschler took the time to sit down and pen some thoughts about the company he created. … See more

May 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
History

B-52 Re-Birth from Boneyard Sparks Memories for Former Pratt & Whitney Pilot

Treasures can be found in the most ordinary of places. A worn cardboard box can neatly contain a wealth of memories. … See more

Sunday, May 24, 2015
History

May 24, 1931: 'Original' Rentschler Field Dedicated

Long before Bradley Airport was on anyone's radar screen, Rentschler Field was a Connecticut landmark and a landing place for many of the most famous names in aviation in the 1930s and beyond. … See more

February 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Commercial Engines, History

This Day in History: Boeing Launches 737

On this day 50 years ago - February 19, 1965 - Boeing formally launched its 737 with an order for 21 aircraft from Lufthansa. … See more

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Military Engines, History

40 Years Ago, 'Streak Eagle' Smashed Records for 'Time to Climb'

Forty years ago and over 16 days, an F-15A fighter jet, dubbed the "Streak Eagle," set the "Time to Climb" records in distances ranging from 3,000 meters to 30,000 meters. … See more

January 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015
History

90 Years: Not Such a Long Time

This year we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Pratt & Whitney. A lot of aviation history has occurred over those 90 years. … See more

Monday, January 12, 2015
History

This Day in History: Douglas Aircraft Rolls Out First DC-9

Fifty years ago today, Douglas Aircraft rolled out its first DC-9 in Long Beach, California. … See more

December 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014
History

This Day in History: SR-71 Makes First Flight

Fifty years ago today – Dec. 22, 1964 – one of the most remarkable aircraft in history made its first flight, the SR-71 Blackbird. … See more

Thursday, December 4, 2014
History

Throwback Thursday: A Bell that Rang During Pratt & Whitney's Rise in the European Aviation Market

Until 1980, Swissair's fleet was 100 percent powered by General Electric engines. On July 4, 1980, that all changed when Swissair bought Pratt & Whitney's JT9D engine. … See more

October 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Military Engines, History

This Day in History: TF30-Powered F-111 Unveiled in Fort Worth, Texas

Fifty years ago today – October 15, 1964 – the U.S. Air Force rolled out its newest aircraft, the F-111, at the General Dynamics plant in Fort Worth, Texas. … See more

September 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014
History

Rentschler Inducted into Connecticut Hall of Fame

Pratt & Whitney founder Frederick Rentschler was among six individuals inducted into the Connecticut Hall of Fame during a ceremony held last week in Hartford, Connecticut. … See more

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
History

This Day in History, September 24, 1959: Pratt & Whitney Canada Assembles the PT6 Engine

On this day 55 years ago, some U.S. Pratt & Whitney employees picking up the company newspaper, The Powerplant, got a bit of a surprise. … See more

June 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014
History

This Day in History: Fifty Years Ago, '54K a Must or Bust'

On this day 50 years ago, June 12, 1964, Pratt & Whitney formally announced that it had received contracts from the Federal Aviation Administration to design and develop engines for a supersonic transport (SST). … See more

April 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
History

This Day in History: Pratt & Whitney Powers F9F-6 Cougars on Record Breaking Flight

Pratt & Whitney J48 jet engines broke records 60 years ago when they powered three Grumman F9F-6 Cougars from San Diego to New York. … See more

February 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014
History, Commercial Engines

Pratt & Whitney's JT8D Engine Turns Half a Century Old

Pratt & Whitney's JT8D engine, an icon of aviation history, celebrates 50 years of dependable service this month, making it one of the most successful gas turbine engines in history. … See more

Friday, February 7, 2014
History, Commercial Engines

50 Years Ago, Pratt & Whitney Engines Helped Bring Beatles to U.S.

Four dependable Pratt & Whitney engines powered the flight that brought the British Invasion to America. Fifty years ago today, Pratt & Whitney JT4A engines provided the power as The Beatles traveled to New York aboard a Boeing 707-300 bound for their first live television and concert appearances in the U.S. … See more

January 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Community, History

Pratt & Whitney Artifact Rediscovered During Library Renovations

While moving artifacts out of the Raymond Public Library to prepare for renovations, workers discovered an old shovel hidden in a closet behind books. The shovel was a surprising and valued find once it was determined that it was used at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft factory on July 16, 1929. … See more

November 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013
History

In 1963, Dependable Engines Answered a Nation's Call of Mourning

Pratt & Whitney engines have dependably served U.S. interests on the world stage in wartime as well as in peace. But 50 years ago this month, the company's renowned products answered the call to serve, much less conspicuously, during a time of national tragedy. … See more

Friday, November 22, 2013
History

Archival Photos Capture Kennedy's Stop at Rentschler Field

The final day of the 1960 presidential campaign included a whirlwind tour of four New England states for John F. Kennedy, with speaking engagements in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. The senator's itinerary also included a brief stop at Rentschler Field. … See more

October 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013
History

Picture Perfect: Old P&W Photograph Brings Back Fond Memories for Father, Son

There are 18 smiling faces in the picture drum rotor inspector Pete Cermola found in his father's house. Of course, the one smile that is magnetizing is the person in the middle of the photograph. … See more

September 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013
History

Pratt & Whitney Engines on B-24 as Dependable Now as They Were 70 Years Ago

It was loud. It was cold. It was uncomfortable. But to Russell Jones, it was beautiful. … See more

August 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
History

Vintage Pratt & Whitney Engines Power "Spirit of North Carolina"

The Star News of Wilmington, N.C., published a great feature on "The Spirit of North Carolina" today… See more

March 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
History

Blog Features Final Look at Andrew Willgoos Turbine Laboratory

Kenneth R. Gosselin of the Hartford Courant featured the demolition of Pratt & Whitney's Andrew Willgoos Turbine Laboratory in an entry in his "Property Line" real estate blog… See more