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December 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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