Pratt & Whitney employees joined senior Air Force officials, industry executives, elected officials and local media to celebrate the official grand opening of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s fourth building.
Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Corporation donated $1 million to the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., which privately financed the 224,000 square-foot building that now houses two Pratt & Whitney engines and four themed galleries: Presidential, Research and Development, Space and Global Reach and three science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Learning Nodes.
The museum, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest and oldest military aviation museum and boasts more than one million annual visitors. The fourth building opened to the public on June 8, and the celebration continued through the weekend.
For Bennett Croswell, president, Pratt & Whitney Military engines, the celebration was about continued museum development and an expansion of the U.S. Air Force’s legacy.
“Pratt & Whitney is proud to have played a small part in helping to preserve and promote the story of our nation’s air force, and we’re honored to see our support demonstrated in a physical sense through this new building,” said Bennett Croswell, president, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines. “Our hope is that everyone who visits the museum will be inspired by what they learn here and will appreciate the airmen and civilians who have made the U.S. Air Force the most powerful air force in the world.”
Seven other Pratt & Whitney engines are displayed elsewhere throughout the museum, as well as more than 60 Pratt & Whitney-powered aircraft.
Click here to read the museum’s news release announcing the fourth building grand opening.