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Topic - Pratt & Whitney
Pratt & Whitney is a U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer with global service operations. It is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). Pratt & Whitney's aircraft engines are widely used in both civil aviation (especially airlines) and military aviation. Its headquarters are in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA. As one of the "big three" aero-engine manufacturers, it competes with General Electric and Rolls-Royce, although it has also formed joint ventures with both of these companies. In addition to aircraft engines, Pratt & Whitney manufactures gas turbines for industrial and power generation, marine turbines, and rocket engines. The company has over 35,500 employees (2009) supporting more than 9,000 customers in 180 countries around the world. - Source: Wikipedia
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The Pentagon announced Friday that all F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flight operations have been grounded after a routine engine inspection revealed a crack on an engine blade on the Air Force's version of the stealthy fighter jet operating at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
President Obama won most of his spending fights with Congress over the Defense Department this year, but it cost several billion dollars of taxpayers' money to buy legislative peace.