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History of the PT6A

What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced? Welllllll, Dick Guthrie, Engineering Manager of PRATT& WHITNEY CANADA got an interesting challenge dropped in his lap back in 1956. PWC’s then President, Ronald Riley, gave him the task of putting together a group to develop a plan for creating a turboprop engine that would replace piston engines. With only $100,000 Canadian money at his disposal, he grabbed the bull by the horns and started to put together his team. Recruiting engineers from the ranks of the National Research Council in Ottawa and ORENDA ENGINES in Ontario, Guthrie began an odyssey that would result in the creation of the PWC PT6, a fact for which TURBINE TRAINING CENTER, Inc. in Manhattan, Kansas, is most grateful.

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