What GE's New Engines Can Do To Loose Tarmac
This two decade old former Japan Airlines 747 is new again with more than 870 miles or 1,400 kilometres of additional wiring and fibre optic cables installed to test GE’s next-generation suite of jet engines. For over a year GE technicians placed 1,700 hundred sensors in the plane to provide an unparalleled level of data connectivity, feeding several powerful computers while airborne. The former airliner will now take any of its engines on the left wing including the LEAP (Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion), the Passport and the largest jet engine ever designed the GE9X — with a fan diameter of more than 11 feet (3.3 metres).
Watch what these newer engines can do to loose tarmac (in the video below) while being tested on GE’s original Jumbo Jet Test Bed. The new jet joins Clipper Ocean Spray, a former Pan Am 1969-vintage 747 and the oldest flying 747 in the U.S. Both jets will be based at GE Aviation Victorville, California. While there is no video tour of the new jet GE did make one of the clipper which I've also attached below.
The new jet with GE CF6 engines will reach altitudes of almost 45,000 feet (14,000 metres), 5,000 feet (1,500 metres) higher. California engine testing will be connected to ground-based testing in Winnipeg, and at GE’s other facilities in Ohio.
PHOTO / VIDEO CREDIT: GE