PT6 Engine 50th Anniversary

What makes a LEGEND?

It starts with an idea, it grows with the PURPOSE to delight CUSTOMERS, and it’s born from VICTORY.

But the only legends that are truly worth celebrating are those that carry on long after the first victory lap, where VISION, purpose and success are ongoing.

This is the legend of the PT6 engine, and now it’s time for us to CELEBRATE 50 inspiring years of turboprop INNOVATION.

When the engineers at Pratt & Whitney Canada convened 50 years ago this December to witness the delivery of the first production engine of their turboprop brainchild – the PT6 – they must have felt collective pride in having “gotten it right”; the engine would go on to perform as beautifully as they had intended. What they likely didn’t realize at the time was that the PT6 would draw a deep and enduring line in the sand of the global aviation industry: “Getting it right” would be the PT6’s hallmark for the next half-century. Today, the engine still performs like no other.

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The PT6 engine is P&WC’s iconic turboprop engine, and it celebrates its 50th year in flight in 2013. We are excited by the prospect of sharing the PT6’s remarkable story with our customers, suppliers, employees and partners around the world; it is a great story to tell!

To mark this anniversary, P&WC is launching a multi-faceted program. Like the 40,000 registered members and PT6 enthusiasts worldwide, you are invited to join our interactive and innovative microsite at

With more than 51,000 PT6 engines manufactured and powering some 130 applications, no other engine can compare. What’s more remarkable is that the PT6 engine is still our most popular engine and has a bright future ahead of it. To learn more about our PT6 engine and its historical milestones, click here and read our PT6 Nation Timeline.