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Pratt & Whitney Canada celebrates 50 years of the PT6 engine

The PT6 engine serves a wide range of applications, from transporting people in business and airlines to dropping cargo in the Antarctic at 75 degrees below zero



Longueuil, Que.—Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) is marking the 50th anniversary of its iconic PT6 engine at the upcoming EAA AirVenture convention in Oshkosh, Wis. this week.

The P&WC booth in Hangar B will be staffed by engine and aftermarket experts to answer questions from customers and EAA participants. Engines on display will include the PT6A-41 and PT6A-65.

Also, 11 PT6-powered aircraft will be displayed in the heart of EAA Conoco Phillips Plaza, during PT6 Engine Celebration Day on Wednesday, July 31.

P&WC will launch a number of features and activities on its PT6 Nation microsite, which will be the hub of the PT6 engine’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

PT6 engine facts:

  • Over 52,000 engines ranging from 500 to 2,000 shaft horse power produced today.
  • Over 130 different applications in service.
  • A record of 390 million hours of flight, the equivalent of more than 250,000 trips around the moon and back in a 270 KTAS (knots-true airspeed) cruise speed aircraft.

Watch this video on the history of the PT6 engine:

Pratt & Whitney Canada was founded in 1928 and is a global leader in aerospace and a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (UTC).

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