GE's GEnx-2B engine achieves 70,000 Lbs. takeoff thrust in first test

The GEnx-2B engine that will power the new Boeing 747-8 airplane demonstrated 70,950 lbs. of takeoff thrust during ground testing on March 12th, at GE’s outdoor testing facility in Peebles, Ohio. Ground testing on the GEnx engine began with idle runs on February 29 and reached 70,950 lbs. of standard day sea-level takeoff thrust on March 11. The certification program for the GEnx-2B engine will involve five engines. Engine certification is anticipated in first half of 2009 with entry into service in late 2009.

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