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PRATT & WHITNEY REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE DELIVERING 6,000TH F100 ENGINE

 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pratt & Whitney's (P&W) Government Engines & Space Propulsion (GESP) reached a major milestone today as its 6,000th F100 turbofan engine was accepted in a U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter.
 The engine, a P&W F100-PW-229, was honored by representatives from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft and the U.S. Air Force at a recognition ceremony in St. Louis.
 "The F100 has been tremendously successful," said John P. Balaguer, president of GESP. "Providing nearly 30 years of outstanding service, it remains the most widely used high performance fighter engine in the world," he added.
 Various models of P&W's F100 engine have been selected by the U.S. Air Force and air forces of 16 allied nations to power F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft. The F100 powers 100 percent of the world's F-15s and nearly 70 percent of all F-16s.
 Since its operational introduction in 1973, the F100 has accumulated 10 million flight hours under the most rigorous and demanding operational environments found around the world. Despite this demanding service, the F100 record of reliability, performance and safety has set a worldwide standard for excellence.
 The F100-PW-229 Increased Performance Engine is the latest and most advanced member of the F100 family of fighter engines. It incorporates 1990's technology and provides more than 29,000 pounds of thrust. The PW-229 provides a thrust-to-weight ratio greater than eight-to-one and features second generation digital engine controls with aircraft interactive capability.
 Pratt & Whitney's GESP unit, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., designs, develops and supports military jet engines and space propulsion systems. Pratt & Whitney is a unit of United Technologies Corporation of Hartford, Conn.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick W. Louden of Pratt & Whitney, 407-796-6793/


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