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PRATT & WHITNEY-POWERED GLOBEMASTER III SET TO ENTER SERVICE

 CHARLESTON, S.C., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Powered by four Pratt & Whitney (P&W) F117 turbofan engines, the first C-17 Globemaster III planned for operational service was delivered today to the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. The new airlifter will be flown by the 437th Airlift Wing of the 21st Air Force.
 "The F117 was selected to power the C-17 because of its reliability, and low operational and support costs," said R. Ed Ford, senior vice president, programs and business development, at P&W's Government Engines & Space Propulsion (GESP).
 "In Boeing 757 service, its commercial counterpart, the PW2000, has demonstrated a clear competitive advantage in lower fuel consumption -- from four to seven percent -- according to Boeing and airline operator reports. This translates into a distinct advantage in range and payload capability. It is also proving to be very reliable, with the lowest shop visit rate in its class," he said.
 Six C-17s have been undergoing flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Their F117 engines have accumulated over 5,500 engine flight hours.
 "This has been an extremely successful flight test program," said Ford. "We've already completed more than half of the scheduled propulsion test points. One aircraft was flown to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. where it was subjected to extreme weather conditions in the base's unique climatic hanger. The engines operated successfully in temperatures from -40 degrees F to + 130 degrees F."
 The F117 is a military version of P&W's PW2000 series of commercial engines. More than 580 PW2000 engines have accumulated 5.4 million engine flight hours. At C-17 initial operational capability, the PW2000 will have accumulated more than 7.5 million engine flight hours in commercial service.
 This maturity minimizes any future F117 risks and translates to lower operating costs.
 The F117 provides 41,700 pounds of thrust and features a full- authority digital electronic control (FADEC), which interfaces with the airframe computer and controls the nacelle thrust reversers.
 Components amounting to 30 percent of the engine are manufactured in Europe at Motoren und Turbinen Union (MTU) of Germany, Fiat of Italy and Volvo of Sweden. MTU also operates a major PW 2000 overhaul facility in Hanover, Germany.
 Globemaster III is the latest in a series of Douglas Aircraft military transports by that name. The original Globemaster entered service in September 1945 and Globemaster II followed in November 1949. Both were powered by P&W R4360 Wasp Major piston engines.
 "We are honored to be a part of the Globemaster tradition," said Ford. P&W's GESP unit, headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla., U.S.A., designs, develops and supports military jet engines and space propulsion systems. P&W is a unit of United Technologies Corporation of Hartford, Conn.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy A. Colaguori of Pratt & Whitney, 407-796-6787/


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