September 16, 2014
Pratt & Whitney, U.S. Air Force complete qualification for F135 engine testing
Pratt & Whitney, together with its U.S. Air Force partner at the F135 Heavy Maintenance Center (HMC) at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, celebrated another significant milestone – qualification for F135 engine testing at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex (OC-ALC). OC-ALC – which in addition to engine testing is also qualified to perform maintenance and repair work on F135 fan modules – is on target to complete the remainder of its F135 qualifications and be fully activated as the first F135 depot by the fourth quarter of 2015. Pratt & Whitney and the U.S. Air Force partner to perform depot maintenance on F117, F119 and F135 engines at OC-ALC, in addition to special technology coatings operations. Under the partnership arrangement, Pratt & Whitney provides the overall management, technical support and materials management at the HMC while the Air Force provides highly capable mechanics and extensive back shop capabilities.