Blade test augers well for geared-fan certification as A320NEO engine takes shape
Not since the 1960s when it developed the JT9D, the world's first commercial high-bypass turbofan, has Pratt & Whitney been under the industry microscope as it is with the PW1000G geared-turbofan family. While the JT9D became a success after a troubled start, it was the JT8D that gave Pratt its 30-year-plus reign as the industry's leading jet-engine supplier. It is this success the company now hopes to emulate with the similarly rated PW1000G, now in the midst of its most critical ...
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