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Bev Deachin Speaks at F117 Final Engine Delivery Ceremony

MIDDLETOWN, Conn., Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Pratt & Whitney will deliver the final production F117 engine to the U.S. Air Force for its C-17 Globemaster III fleet later this month. A ceremony commemorating delivery of 1,313 production engines was held today at Pratt & Whitney's engine center in Middletown, Connecticut, and included representatives from the U.S. Air Force and Boeing. Bev Deachin, vice president, Mobility Programs and Customer Support, was among the speakers at the event.

Remarks as prepared for delivery

Thanks to everyone for coming today as we mark production of the one thousand three hundred thirteenth and final F117 engine.

Since the C-17 entered service in 1993, we've provided power plants for the Air Forces of Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, India and Kuwait, the NATO Airlift Management Programme, in addition to the U.S. Air Force. In all, F117 engines now have flown more than 12 million hours.

And in the case of the U.S. Air Force, they have been city miles, not highway miles. These planes have operated at a high tempo, and in hot, dirty, dusty and extremely challenging conditions.

Whether the mission has been relief for flood victims in Pakistan, earthquake victims in Haiti, or transporting troops and material to Iraq and Afghanistan or to makeshift airstrips in other austere locations around the globe, the F117-powered C-17 has been an absolute workhorse.

To tell a small part of the F117 story, we've made a short video, F117: The Last Engine.

The video will be posted on the Pratt & Whitney website after the ceremony today, and as Tom said, you can see this and share your own C-17 or F117 program memories by following Pratt & Whitney on Facebook and Twitter.