GE Aviation’s Steve Fulton piloting a Boeing 737-800 from Orlando to Seattle over the weekend. Powering the plane are CFM56 engines, produced in partnership with French engine-maker Snecma. Photo by @lsannes, check out his feed for more awesome avgeek shots.
An LM6000-PF aeroderivative gas #turbine, the product of a unique partnership between #GE #Power & Water and GE #Aviation. Modified jet #engines power the generators on these turbines, which can crank up from cold iron to full power in as few as 10 minutes. GE aeroderivative gas turbines are being used at the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk plant to provide power to Sakhalin, #Russia, and are producing electricity in over 70 other countries around the world. #technology #manufacturing
In October of 1942, the Bell XP-59A Airacomet took flight, powered by two #GE I-A #jet #engines - the first jet engines made in the U.S. The I-A was developed in secret by a team of GE engineers, nicknamed “The Hush-Hush Boys.” In September of 1941, the team received a large package from England, containing one of the world’s first jet engines developed by British Royal Air Force officer Sir Frank Whittle. Because of GE’s extensive experience with turbo superchargers and steam turbines, the U.S. Air Force picked GE to improve on Whittle’s design. And so, the Hush-Hush Boys launched the jet age in America. Get this - to conceal the jet engine power source, the Bell XP-59A was outfitted with a wooden propeller during ground transportation. (Image source: #USAF) #aviation #avgeek #engine #technology #history