In 1925, Frederick Rentschler and a
group of engineers from Wright Aeronautical decided to start their own
aircraft engine company. Rentschler approached the Pratt & Whitney Machine
Tool Division of Niles-Bement-Pond to provide funding and production
facilities for a new company named The Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company.
Pratt & Whitney's first engine, the Wasp radial engine, was so successful
it lead the U.S. Navy to announce it would buy no more water-cooled
Pratt & Whitney got its start in gas turbines license building the
Westinghouse J30. Today their engines power over half the world's
commercial fleet. Pratt & Whitney is now a division of United
1860: Francis Pratt and Amos Whitney found The Pratt & Whitney Company in
1925: Frederick Rentschler and a group of engineers from Wright
Aeronautical approach Pratt & Whitney to establish The Pratt & Whitney
1929: Pratt & Whitney merges with Boeing, Chance Vought, Sikorsky and
Hamilton Standard to form United Aircraft and Transport Corp.
1934: The Air Mail Act orders airline companies to divorce themselves from
aircraft manufacturers. United Aircraft - Transport Corp. splits into
three independent companies--United Airlines, United Aircraft Corp. and
Boeing Airplane Co.
1975: United Aircraft changes its name to United Technologies.