One Mock-Up, One Man Share F135 Story
Pratt & Whitney Project Engineer Richard Moran can build an engine in three hours flat.
"This is what I call my moon-lighting, my extra-credit job," Moran said, standing next to the F135 mock-up.
Okay, it's a mock-up engine, but Moran understands the importance of having a show-and-tell (and show-off) of the engine at important air shows. The model enables him to share the Pratt & Whitney F135 story – a story he is happy to share time and time again.
"We've met a lot of great people, we've done a lot of great things branding Pratt & Whitney. We got to talk to the customer, we got to talk to the Parliament people, got to talk to the taxpayers," Moran said.
For all the years Moran has been building this F135 mock-up, he's excited to be part of this year's experience at the Royal International Air Tattoo and later Farnborough. Why? It's the first year the F-35 has made its European air show debut. People ask about plane – and they want to know what's powering the plane.
"The folks come up and ask you, 'Was that your engine in the plane?' 'Yes it was.' 'Oh wow, that is awesome, that is the neatest engine.' They just love it – they just love it," Moran said.