The Engines of Pratt & Whitney: A Technical History by Jack Connors
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Overview: The Engines of Pratt & Whitney: A Technical History describes the evolution from piston engines to gas turbines by the engineers who created those engines. Included are hundreds of archival photographs, as well as over a dozen tables listing specifications and applications.
The story starts with the founding of the company in the 1920s to provide reliable air-cooled piston engines to the military and to help create coast-to-coast commercial flight service. Pratt & Whitney quickly dominated commercial and military flight in the 1930s?ultimately providing half the horsepower of American engines during WWII.
Jack Connors explains how Pratt & Whitney came from behind the competition developing gas turbines after the war with the debut of the J57, which powered the B-52 in 1952 and later the Air Force Century Series fighters (F-100, F-101, F-102) and the Navy A3D, F4D, and F-8 airplanes. Also covered is the development of the J58, which powered the Mach 3+ YF-12 and SR-71 aircraft and subsequent military engines – the TF30 in the F-111; the F100 in the F-15 and F-16; the F119 in the F-22; and the F135 in the F-35 series. Pratt & Whitney’s contribution to the luxury commercial jet era travel is also detailed, with its JT3, JT3D, JT4, JT8D, JT9D, PW2000, PW4000, and PW6000 in Boeing, Douglas, and Airbus aircraft.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History