Nick Williams Speaks at F117 Final Engine Delivery Ceremony
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. Nick Williams, general manager of Pratt & Whitney's operations in O'Fallon, Illinois, was among the speakers at the event.
I've had a long career in aviation with 34 years in the Air Force, and now 11 years in industry with Pratt & Whitney. I've flown a lot of aircraft as an operator, and now that I'm on the other side with a different perspective, I get to congratulate you for the incredible accomplishment in delivering this final F117 engine.
The F117-powered C-17 always goes where it is supposed to go, when it is supposed to go, and the pilots and crew know they can do their job without ever having to worry about the engine.
The C-17 provides rapid global mobility for the Air Force and our nation's allies. The aircraft and its engine are known for being reliable, whether in times of conflict, or in times responding to natural disasters.
In the eyes of the people who see it firsthand after disaster strikes, make no mistake, it is the symbol of the generosity of America and our goodwill to people in need.
I'll never forget one such person receiving aid delivered by a C-17 in a far off land. He walked up to the C-17, placed his hand on the underside of the aircraft, and said "America." He couldn't speak much English, but when he saw the C-17, he knew exactly how to express what it stood for.
When I was in uniform, I was proud to be associated with the incredible mission of the C-17. Now that I'm here at Pratt & Whitney, I still have the privilege of being associated with its important mission, and with you – the people behind it.
I'd like to thank Bennett Croswell, president of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, for giving me that privilege to stay close to that important mission and for representing the good work of the people behind the F117 to our Air Force customer. It's an honor to go to work every day, and to represent Pratt & Whitney and our products – the F117 – to the hard working folks at Air Mobility Command.