January 18, 2013
Pratt & Whitney delivers final production F119 engine to U.S. Air Force
Pratt & Whitney Military Engines delivered the 507th and last production F119 engine to the U.S. Air Force for its F-22 Raptor fleet. The F119 Final Engine Delivery ceremony at the Middletown, Conn. Engine Center was held with representatives from the Air Force, Lockheed Martin and Boeing in attendance. “This is a bittersweet occasion for those of us who have played a part in 12 years of successful production deliveries,” said Bennett Croswell, president of Military Engines at Pratt & Whitney. “The F119 production engine program might be ending but we look forward to a 30-40 year sustainment period in partnership with the Air Force to keep the fleet flying.” The F119-PW-100 turbofan is the world’s first operational fifth-generation fighter engine in service and is providing dependable power for the F-22 Raptor, an aircraft known for its unparalleled maneuverability and its ability to “supercruise.” The engine, considered one of the Air Force’s most successful, is the forefather of the F135 propulsion system powering the F-35 Lightning II.