10 Mio flight hours for the P&W F-117
Pratt & Whitney reach a stunning milestone for the engine of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster, exceeding 10 million flight hours. This comes as a good news on the shoulders of the company as at the same time, the F-35, for which they make the engine, has been grounded due to a crack in one of the engine blades. The P&W F117, this is the name of the engine, is the exclusive power of the Globemaster III airlifter. At the same time, the C-17 exceeded 2.5 million flight hours while supporting military and humanitarian mission in support of U.S. and allied troops around the globe. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. “This milestone is a testament to the reliability of the F117 engine,” said Bev Deachin, vice president, Military Programs and Customer Support, Pratt & Whitney. “The exceptional performance of our engines – in some of the harshest conditions – has helped the C-17 Globemaster III save countless lives in military, humanitarian and disaster relief missions around the world.” Since 2006, Pratt & Whitney’s F117 engines have accumulated more than six million flight hours in support of worldwide air mobility missions. To put this in perspective, it took 13 years of operational service for the engine to reach its first four million flight-hour milestone. This statistic reflects the C-17′s increased workload over the past several years. At the same time that the F117 has achieved 10 million flight hours, the company is also celebrating with Boeing 15 years of successful partnership on the performance-based logistics contract for the C-17. Although this is very good, and the company is right to celebrate, the F-35 jet fighter is also of concern as the problem on the engine blade has just halted the entire operations of the aircraft. And this is more worrisome as even if if the jet fighter is still in test mode, the aircraft is already over budget, and still required to validate testings.