World’s Largest Jet Engine at SCLA Soars Over the High Desert

According to the Victorville Daily Press, March 20, 2018, developed by GE Aviation, the world’s largest jet engine made its maiden voyage over the skies of the High Desert. The new GE9X engine lifted off March 13, 2018, under the wing of GE’s 747 during a test flight at Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville. The massive engine was mounted on the left wing and appeared twice the size of the other three engines on the 747. The engine will eventually power Boeing’s brand new 777X aircraft. “The GE9X and Victorville teams have spent months preparing for flight testing of the engine, and their efforts paid off with a picture-perfect first flight,” said Ted Ingling, general manager of the GE9X program at GE Aviation. Testing of the $29 billion engine began in 2017, with nearly 700 of the new engines already on order from airlines such as Emirates, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific.

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