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Record Breaking: The Top GE Aviation Stories of 2019

January 06, 2020 | by Gina Daugherty
GE Aviation had an extraordinary 2019, putting up two new world records between the GE9X and the GEnx, in addition to posting a record-breaking $55 billion in orders at the Paris Air Show. We also helped transport the first human organ via drone and secured the $517 million ITEP contract to re-engine the Army’s Apache and Black Hawk helicopters.

And all this during our 100-year-anniversary celebration.

In case you missed it, here are some of the biggest stories from GE Aviation in 2019.

1. GE9X Sets Guinness World Record As World’s Most Powerful Jet Engine

In addition to being the world’s largest commercial jet engine, the GE9X is also the most powerful one. Setting a new world record with 134,300 pounds of thrust during a test run, the GE9X, designed for the Boeing 777X widebody jet, just keeps piling on the superlatives.

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2. Ultra Long Haul: The GEnx Powers Record Breaking 19-Hour New York to Sydney Flight

A GEnx engine on display.

The world’s longest flight? That would be 19 hours and 16 minutes from New York to Sydney, powered by the GEnx engine. As part of Qantas’ Sunrise Project, a total of 49 passengers and crew participated in the historic flight, covering 10,200 miles of land and sea and crossed 15 time zones.

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3. The Top Ten Best Aviation Movies Ever

TOM CRUISE TOP GUN (1986) © Paramount

Our most popular conversation starter on the GE Aviation blog was our list of the Top Ten Aviation Movies of all Time. Everyone from pilots and engineers to avgeeks and movie buffs had thoughts on what did and didn’t make the cut, but one thing most everyone agreed on: Top Gun is the greatest aviation movie of all time. Know that GE Aviation employees will be front and center with popcorn in hand for the new Top Gun: Maverick movie coming to theaters in June this year.

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4. Catalyst Little Engines that Can

The competitive landscape for turboprop engines is undergoing a dramatic transformation, and helping to lead that change is the GE Catalyst. As the first clean-sheet turboprop engine to hit the general aviation market in more than 30 years, the GE Catalyst is enabling better performance through proven GE commercial technology.

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5. The T901 is the Army’s Choice for the Improved Turbine Engine Program

The GE Aviation T901 will power future U.S. Army Apache and Black Hawk helicopters.

Last February, the U.S. Army selected GE Aviation’s T901-GE-900 engine for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase of the Improved Turbine Engine Program (ITEP), the U.S. Army’s endeavor to re-engine its Boeing AH-64 Apaches and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawks.

GE has powered Black Hawks and Apaches for the past four decades with its T700 engine, racking up more than 100 million flight hours of combat-proven experience.

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6. ABCs of Aviation

On Saturday, July 12, 1919, at McCook Field in Dayton, OH, U.S. Army Major Rudolph “Shorty” Schroeder piloted a Lepère biplane for the maiden flight of the GE turbosupercharger. And we’ve been inventing the future of flight ever since.

Our centennial celebration included special storytelling on the GE Aviation blog, employee events across the globe and a 100-flights program recognizing employees to share our history at key sites around the world.

But it was the ABCs of Aviation countdown that kept of the AvGeeks at GE and in the aviation industry curious. From A is for Adaptive Cycle to Z is for... well, we all wondered what Z might be for, right? Read all of the ABCs of Aviation below.

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7. How GE’s “Magnificent Seven” Established the Evendale Complex

J47s rolling off the line in 1948 at the Evendale plant.

How did GE Aviation, the world-leading provider of aircraft engines and components, , end up in Evendale, Ohio, anyway? Great question.

It was born out of necessity.

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