One Space Shuttle engine operating at sea level produces 375,000 pounds of thrust, while a single GEnx can produce up to 75,000 pounds of thrust. It would take five GEnx engines to replace one Space Shuttle engine, and 15 to propel the entire 4.5-million-pound shuttle at liftoff, which is roughly eight times the weight of the average Boeing Dreamliner.
There are over 10,000 planes in the Boeing 737 fleet. Stacking each one from the ground up would make a pile 77 miles high. For context, that’s well past the 62-mile mark where outer space begins. GE technology helps power the majority of the 737 fleet with the CFM56 jet engine.
Adam Senatori captured this stunning shot of a GEnx engine on a Qatar Airways Dreamliner at the 2013 Dubai Airshow. The GEnx is 13 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor and is also the quietest, most passenger-friendly engine GE has produced.