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It’s True, Amelia Earhart Flew Pratt & Whitney Powered Planes

Women in Aviation; Pratt and Whitney. Photograph showing Amelia Earhart standing next to one of the aircrafts that she flew.

Pratt and Whitney, headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut has a long and rich history. It is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power units and small turbojet propulsion products. The company, which has employed tens of thousands of people in the state of Connecticut since its inception in 1925, also figures extensively into military aircraft. Aviator, Amelia Earhart flew aircraft with Pratt & Whitney engines. Thomas Prete, Vice President of Engineering at the company and who is a UCONN grad came on NYBERG to talk about all the innovations over the years including a brand new engine that will be used on air buses all over the world. The engine was developed in Connecticut.

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***Post script: this post generated a lot of talk about Amelia Earhart and I’ve learned that she was married in Noank, Connecticut, you can read about that HERE.