December 14, 2005 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Pratt & Whitney has delivered the 200th F119 engine, the world's most advanced engine currently in production. To date, 56 F/A-22 Raptors have been delivered to the United States Air Force, each powered by two Pratt & Whitney F119 engines.
A Pratt and Whitney F119 engine runs in full afterburner during an engine test in the "hush house" at Tyndall AFB. The base is the first to receive upgrades to its engine test facilities, allowing maintainers to accommodate and test the F/A-22 Raptor's 35,000-pound thrust-class engine.
"Pratt & Whitney is proud to deliver the 200th engine as we continue our partnership with Lockheed Martin and the United States Air Force," said Chris Flynn, F119 program director for Pratt & Whitney. "This F119 engine is setting records in performance, partnerships and new ways of supporting the customer."
"You make the magic the customer takes for granted," said Rich Knoll, deputy program director, F/A-22 System Program Office from Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. "You make an awesome product."
Two F119-PW-100 engines power the Lockheed Martin F/A-22 Raptor, the U.S. Air Force's new air dominance fighter. The most advanced fighter engine in production, the F119 features a unique thrust-vectoring nozzle, allowing unprecedented agility for the F/A-22. Special materials and design features integrated into the engine enhance the air system's stealth capability. The two F119s, each rated in the 35,000 pound thrust class, enable the F/A-22 to super-cruise, or achieve supersonic speeds without the use of the afterburner. A derivative of the F119, the F135, will power the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Pratt & Whitney delivered the first F135 flight test engine on December 5.
Pratt & Whitney military engine models include the F135 for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter; the F119 powering the F/A-22 Raptor; the F100 for F-16 fighters and many more.