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$1 M and WW II aircraft engine donated to National World War II Museum by Pratt & Whitney

NEW ORLEANS, USA Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Pratt & Whitney has donated $1 million dollars to the National World War II Museum to help tell the story of America’s experience in the war that changed the world. In addition to the monetary pledge, the company is donating a Twin Wasp R-1830-90D, an engine that powered several different World War II aircraft. Pratt & Whitney is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company.

Pratt & Whitney president David Hess sees the donation as important to sharing the history of this pivotal time in world events. “We applaud the great work being done by the Museum to honor and commemorate the courage, determination and sacrifice of the ‘Greatest Generation’ that won the war.”

The donation will be used in part to obtain and exhibit a Corsair, a World War II-era fighter aircraft made famous by “Pappy” Boyington’s Black Sheep Squadron. The Twin Wasp engine will provide museum visitors with a close-up look at the technology that powered thousands of aircraft during the war. Pratt & Whitney produced over 360,000 aircraft engines during the World War II era.

Mr. Hess will be joining the Board of Trustees for the museum. The National World War II Museum opened in 2000 and is the only museum in the United States that addresses all of the amphibious invasions of World War II, honoring the more than 16 million Americans who took part in this global conflict.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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