Fri, Jun 25, 2010
First F135 Production Engine Also Installed In First Production
The F-35C carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter recently
flew for the first time, marking another milestone in the program.
It was powered by a production-lot engine produced by Pratt &
The engine maker also reports the installation of the first
production F135 engine into a production F-35 aircraft. "It has
been a tremendous year for the F135 engine as it continues its
steady progress through conclusion of development testing and
validation, and into full production and sustainment," said Bennett
Croswell, Vice President of F135 and F119 Engine Programs.
The first F-35C flight, which lasted 57 minutes, was flown by
Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Jeff Knowles and powered by an Initial
Service Release (ISR) / production configured F135 engine. The
Pratt & Whitney F135 Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) /
Carrier Variant (CV) engine received ISR certification from the
U.S. Governments in February indicating that the engine, with more
than 17,600 test hours, has met all the ISR requirements for
safety, reliability, durability and performance, and that it is now
cleared for use in the field.
"The fact that this first F-35C flight was powered by a Pratt
& Whitney ISR F135 engine is a clear demonstration that this
engine is ready for use by our servicemen and women today,"
Another recent F135 milestone achieved was installation of the
first production configuration F135 propulsion system into a
production F-35 aircraft.
"This is an achievement we celebrate with our teammates at the
F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin," said Warren Boley,
President of Pratt & Whitney Military Engines. "Every day, with
every milestone, the F135 propulsion system continues to
demonstrate an unprecedented level of performance, maturity and
dependability, and this achievement puts us one step closer to
placing this game-changing aircraft into the hands of the U.S.
military as well as those of our international partners."
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