GE Engines Power U.S. Air Force Record-Setting Flight
EVENDALE, Ohio - Two U.S. Air Force B-1B aircraft, each powered by four F101-GE-102 augmented turbofan engines, completed an historic, nonstop, around-the-world flight on June 3, in a mission designated "Coronet Bat."
The flight, which originated at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, was routed over the North Atlantic Ocean, through the Straits of Gibraltar, across the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean, then north over the Pacific Ocean to the Aleutian Islands, and back to Dyess. Subject to official certification by the National Aeronautic Association, the aircraft set a number of world records during the flight of 36 hours and 13 minutes, including fastest nonstop flight around the world, fastest in the B-1B's weight class, and fastest in the air-refueled class.
Both aircraft required only minor routine maintenance after landing.
The F101-GE-102 engine, rated in the 30,000 pound thrust class, has been in operational service with the U.S. Air Force since 1985.
"We are pleased that the F101 has performed so impressively over the past decade, and we are especially gratified and proud that our engines have contributed to this most recent achievement," said Ed Swain, manager of F101 Programs at GE Aircraft Engines.