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Pratt & Whitney Delivers 1000th F117 Engine To U.S. Air Force

Daniel Baxter

May 14, 2010 - Pratt & Whitney delivered the 1,000th F117 engine powering the C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft to the United States Air Force.

Four Pratt & Whitney F117 engines provide power for 100 percent of The Boeing Company’s C-17 Globemaster III -- the world’s premier heavy airlifter.  Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. company.

“Air Mobility Command relies on the products, services and support that Pratt & Whitney provides,” said Lieutenant General Rusty Findley, Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command.

“Our friends, allies and countrymen can rest assured knowing that AMC's C-17 Globemaster III, powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, will deliver the right effects, to the right place, at the right time.”


The F117-PW-100 is a derivative of Pratt & Whitney’s commercial PW2000 engine powering the Boeing 757.  The F117 has consistently proven itself as a world-class reliable engine. Through Pratt & Whitney’s ongoing investment in product improvements, the engine continuously surpasses established goals of time on wing, in-flight shut downs, and support turnaround time.

“Pratt & Whitney is proud to deliver the 1,000th engine to the U.S. Air Force, one of our key customers,” says Bev Deachin, vice president, Pratt & Whitney Military Programs & Customer Support. “This milestone is yet another testament to the superb dependability, reliability and performance of Pratt & Whitney’s F117 engine, and our dedication to our customers’ airlift mission.”

Four Pratt & Whitney F117 engines, each rated at 40,440 pounds of thrust, enable the C-17 transport to carry a payload of 160,600 pounds, take off from a 7,600-foot airfield, and fly 2,400 nautical miles without refueling.  With more than 7 million hours of proven military service and more than 40 million hours in commercial use, the F117/PW2037 reinforces Pratt & Whitney’s promise to deliver Dependable Engines. “Pratt & Whitney’s F117 team is honored to be part of the exceptional C-17 program answering the call for humanitarian efforts worldwide,” said Deachin.


The Boeing (formerly McDonnell Douglas) C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft. The C-17 was developed for the United States Air Force from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas. The aircraft carries on the name of two previous United States military cargo aircraft, the C-74 Globemaster and the C-124 Globemaster II. The C-17 is used for rapid strategic airlift of troops and cargo to main operating bases or forward operating bases throughout the world. It has the ability to rapidly deploy a combat unit to a potential battle area and sustain it with on-going supplies. The C-17 is also capable of performing tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop missions. The C-17 is operated by the US Air Force, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, NATO, and Qatar, while the United Arab Emirates has placed orders.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines.  United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.

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