09 September 2015

General Electric's Engine Testbed

General Electric's engine testbed arrived from its home-base in Victorville, California this morning. After resting for the night, N747GE (s/n 19651, l/n 25) will depart for Guam in the morning. Unfortunately, N747GE flew in with its four factory equipped Pratt and Whitneys.

Despite being 45 years old, this 747-121 has only been with two operators. It originally was delivered to Pan Am as N744PA in March, 1970. It managed to remain with the company until Pan Am ceased operations in December, 1991. General Electric then purchased it in March, 1992 and refurbished it to be used as the company's engine testbed.  

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