As GE Aviation celebrates its centennial anniversary, Rick Kennedy, GE Aviation retiree and unofficial historian, takes us through the past century examining how GE Aviation influenced the future of flight. This 13-part series captures the excitement of how a small team of engineers and machinists near the end of World War I has transformed GE into an industry-leading aviation company with more than 47,000 employees in 26 countries.
Chapter 1: Reimagining Flight, History overview
Discover the history of GE Aviation and its impact on aerospace in part one of our 100-year anniversary docuseries. We start our journey in 1919.
Chapter 2: Cincinnati Supports the War Effort
In part two, we learn how one of the world’s largest jet engine manufacturers ends up in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Chapter 3: GE’s Wartime Advances
The U.S. is lagging behind Europe in jet propulsion, the world is at war, and GE sets about introducing America’s first jet engine.
Chapter 4: Lynn and the Helicopter Franchise
How GE Aviation’s Lynn plant became one of the landmark helicopter and jet propulsion factories in the history of the aviation industry.
Chapter 5: The power of the J47 and J79.
Chapter 6: The power of the J85 and TF39
One of the coolest engines GE Aviation ever developed? The J85. It served both military and commercial applications. It also powered the Frank Sinatra’s Learjet.
Chapter 7: The Power of the CF6 and the Birth of CFM*
The success of of the CF6-6 and CF6-50 engines led to the formation of CFM International, forever changing GE and commercial aviation around the world.
Chapter 8: The Power of the GE90 and GEnx
Chapter 9: How CFM Launched the LEAP engine
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*CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.