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Pratt & Whitney F119 engine achieves 40,000 flight hours

April 18, 2007 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Pratt & Whitney F119 engine, powering the F-22 Raptor, exceeded 40,000 production flight hours in April, a major milestone for the engine program.

In final preparations for its first flight on Oct. 24th 2000, the X-35A runs its engine in full afterburner as the LM JSF team validates performance predictions of the P& W JSF F119-611 engine. [LMTAS photo]

F119- powered F-22 Raptors currently operate from Langley AFB, Virginia; Edwards AFB, California; Nellis AFB, Nevada; and Tyndall AFB, Florida.

Currently the most advanced fighter engine, the F119 entered operation in December 2005. The engine features a unique thrust-vectoring nozzle, allowing unprecedented speed, agility, precision and situational awareness combined with air-to-ground and air-to-air combat capabilities. Two F119s enable the F-22 to supercruise, or achieve supersonic speeds without the use of the afterburner.

A derivative of the F119, the F135 engine, powers the new F-35 Lightning II, which completed its first flight in December 2006 and continues to power the F-35 flight test program.


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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. [U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Albert Bosco]