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Dependable People: 'My Office is a Flight Line'

Friday, July 1, 2016

Pratt & Whitney's F135 propulsion system powers the F-35 Lightning II – the fifth generation, advanced, single-engine tactical fighter developed by Lockheed Martin in conjunction with BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman.

The F135 is the world's most powerful fighter engine, providing more than 40,000 lbs. of thrust to three F-35 variants for U.S. military services, partner nations, and foreign military sales customers. The F135 engine provides unparalleled capability, with F135 mission availability greater than 95 percent, and current production engines already exceeding key 2020 reliability requirements.

Watch this video to see the dependable people behind Pratt & Whitney's dependable engines, and see why the F135 is a generation ahead.

Jason Bohager: I'm excited to come to work every day.

My office is a flight line with the most advanced fighter aircraft, the most sophisticated propulsion systems. When people ask me what I do for a living, I proudly tell them that I work on the F135 propulsion system for Pratt & Whitney and I'm out stationed with Marines helping them support the platform.

It's not a bad place to come to work at all.

Marine #1: I've known Jason since 2001. He's very confident …

Marine #2: Knowledgeable …

Female Colleague: Hardworking …

Marine #2: Flexible …

Female Colleague: Dependable.

Marine #2: Dependable.

Marine #1: Very dependable.

Marine #2: He works days, nights … whenever he has to make sure that the Marines in the shop have what they need to get the job done.

Marine #2: The F135 engine for the F-35 aircraft, it allows us to execute our missions … both air-to-surface and air-to-air missions.

That engine empowers the pilots, it empowers the squadron, ultimately empowering freedom.

His participation in that and the ability to interact with our Marines is critical to our success.

Jason Bohager: The journey from initial stand-up with the squadron here in Yuma to IOC, it's been very busy but very exciting, and now it's a fully functioning unit. My workload initially was a lot of training and assistance, and it's transitioned over time just as they've grown, I've grown as well.

Jason Bohager: The most impressive thing about the F135 engine are certainly the people behind it. There are a lot of people who work a lot of hours to support the customer and the Marine Corps. The F135 engine is imperative to our freedom.