Just 25 years after the Wright brothers' plane lifted off at Kitty Hawk, N.C., and only one year after Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis touched down at Le Bourget Field in France, Pratt & Whitney Canada came onto the scene. Today, our earliest pioneers' stories and images live on in Power, the Pratt & Whitney Canada Story, as well as in other company publications.
Here are some historic milestones in Pratt & Whitney Canada's history:
|1928||The six men who originally came to work for Canadian Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Limited in 1928.
The company is founded by James Young (3rd from right), a Montreal businessman.
|1929||The company opens its doors in Longueuil, Quebec, to assemble overhaul and service Pratt & Whitney (Hartford) Wasp and Hornet engines.|
|1940||P&WC begins selling and servicing Hamilton Standard propellers.
P&WC keeps busy during World War II with government contracts and opens Canadian Propellers Limited, gaining its first experience in manufacturing.
|1952||The Plant 1 facility is built in Longueuil (Quebec) and the first P&WC-manufactured Wasp engine is completed, three months ahead of schedule.|
|1953||The company enters into an important post-war project overhauling DC-3 engines for the newly formed Crown corporation Canadair.
Helicopter maintenance work becomes a "bread and butter" business for P&WC in the 1950s.
|1960||Military inspection of Canadian Pratt & Whitney Aircraft's lightweight 500 horsepower PT6 turboprop/turboshaft engine, Canada's first turboprop, is carried out by a joint team of Canadian and U.S. military experts. The inspection follows completion of the engine's official 50-hour pre-flight rating test at the suburban Montreal plant.|
|1963||The first PT6 engine is delivered to Beech Aircraft on December 22.
This engine goes on to become the most popular gas turbine engine in its class.
|1968||P&WC becomes the first aircraft engine manufacturer to open a customer training school, which later serves as a model in the industry.|
|1971||With Cessna Aircraft Company's requirements in mind, P&WC develops the JT15D, a pioneer small fan-jet design, which begins production in 1971.|
|1971||Pratt & Whitney Engine Services in Bridgeport, West Virginia, is established to assemble and test new P&WC engines for delivery to the U.S. Department of Defense.|
|1978||P&WC develops the PW100 and several new PW100-powered commuter aircraft emerge, Embraer's EMB-120 Brasilia being the first.|
|1978||The Overhaul Shop moves into a new facility in St. Hubert, Quebec, and becomes the Service Centre in 1978… the first step to an international network.|
|1981||Past and present employees participate in the celebration commemorating the delivery of P&WC's 20,000th engine to Cessna Aircraft.|
|1983||P&WC begins the designing the PW200 with input from Bell Helicopter Textron and MBB of Germany; its first installation is on the MMB BO105 LS-X.|
|1985||P&WC begins development of the PW300 for larger business jets, with a first application on the British Aerospace Hawker 1000, later renamed the Raytheon Hawker 1000.|
|1986||Boeing chooses the PW901A auxiliary power unit (APU) for its 747-400 passenger jet.|
|1995||The PW150, the largest turboprop produced by P&WC, is selected to power Bombardier Aerospace's Dash 8 Q400.|
|1995||The first model in the PW500 turbofan family is certified, with a first application on the Cessna Citation Bravo.|
|2000||P&WC delivers its 50,000th engine to a customer, Raytheon Aircraft Company.|
|2003||Cessna Aircraft Company selects the PW615F for its Citation Mustang VLJ and Eclipse Aviation Corp. selects the PW610F for the Eclipse 500 VLJ.|
|2003||Pratt & Whitney Canada celebrates its 75th anniversary.|
|2004||In December 2004, the Customer Training Centre welcomes its 50,000th customer in Saint-Hubert (Quebec).|
|2005||Embraer selects the PW617F for its Embraer Phenom 100 VLJ.|
|2006||P&WC delivers its 60,000th engine, to Dassault Aviation.|
|2006||Pratt & Whitney Canada commits to investing $1.5 billion in research and development over the next five years.|
|2007||P&WC's PW308A turbofan engine is selected to power the WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) launch aircraft for the world's first commercial passenger suborbital spaceship SpaceShipTwo (SS2).|
|2008||Pratt & Whitney Canada launches its next-generation 10,000-pound-thrust-class engine family, designated the PW800.|
|2009||Pratt & Whitney Canada's Lethbridge, Alberta assembly plant celebrated the delivery of its 10,000th engine, a PT6A engine to Air Tractor, Inc. The landmark engine, a PT6A-60AG was produced for Air Tractor's AT-602 aircraft.|
|2013||The PT6 engine is P&WC’s iconic turboprop engine, and it is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since 1963, more than 51,000 PT6 engines have been delivered and the engine has flown more than 380 million hours. It’s an engine without equal, and it has a great future ahead of it!|