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

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

Friday, October 18, 2013

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. This man, who proudly stands in front of a sign proclaiming the completion of the 1,000th Wasp Major engine, is Joseph Cermola, Peter's father.

"At first I didn't notice it, and my wife brought it home to our music room, on our piano, and I looked at it and I said, 'Oh my gosh!'" Cermola said from the CSMC Detail and Final Part Inspection cell in Middletown, Conn. He had never seen the picture before.

Peter's wife found the photograph as they were cleaning his father's Southington house. Joseph, about to celebrate his 93rd birthday, still looks fondly upon his years at Pratt & Whitney.

"You look at it (the picture), and everybody in there is like one big happy family. You can tell, they're very proud of Pratt & Whitney," said Peter Cermola.

He recalls his father having intimate knowledge about airplane engines, and Joseph was hopeful that his son would work at Pratt so he could share similar experiences. Peter has been with the company for 40 years as an inspector.

"To this day, I've always been fascinated on how two engines can lift up this big plane. All of these people, all of this weight, and it transports them to wherever they have to be."

Peter hopes to enlarge the picture and display it somewhere where it can be seen in Middletown. He is also curious to see if he can link names to the grinning faces - employees instrumental in building and inspecting a historic engine line.

"This is going in a frame in my house," he said.