Matthew Bromberg Speaks at Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

WASHINGTON, D.C., Thursday, May 18, 2017

Matthew Bromberg, president, Pratt & Whitney Military Engines, represented United Technologies Corp. at the National Air and Space Museum's 2017 Charles Lindbergh Memorial Lecture and Dinner.

Each year, the Lindbergh Lecture highlights some of aviation's greatest legends, providing them with the opportunity to share their personal experiences and perspectives with the public first-hand. Following in the flight path of Lindbergh himself, featured speakers at the event continue to represent the qualities that inspire new generations of pilots and explorers. Reeve Lindbergh, the daughter of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was this year's guest lecturer in celebration of the 90th anniversary of Charles' historic solo flight from New York to Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis.

Remarks as prepared for delivery

General Dailey, thank you for the warm welcome and thank you to the National Air and Space Museum for hosting this fantastic event. Ms. Lindbergh, we're honored to have you with us this evening, thank you for joining us.

Tonight I have the honor of representing United Technologies and Pratt & Whitney as we commemorate the achievements of Charles Lindbergh.

This May marks the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's historic flight from New York to Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis, a feat which in many ways thrust aviation and it's near limitless possibilities into the public conscience.

Charles Lindbergh's completion of the first solo transatlantic flight was a remarkable achievement individually, but was truly extraordinary for the future of aviation. It helped shape how people perceived air travel and for many, redefined the possible.

He was one of the true pioneers of flight, constantly pushing the boundaries of aviation forward and finding ways to break down the technological barriers that stood in his path. Along the way, he inspired generations of Americans who were captivated by his endeavors and his sheer passion for flying.

At Pratt & Whitney, we share that same passion for aviation. Since our founding in 1925, we have been on a relentless pursuit of innovation to make aircraft engines safer, more powerful, more reliable, and easier to maintain.

In fact, the United Technologies family of companies has helped power some of Charles' notable aircraft throughout history.

In 1930, it was a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine that carried Charles and Anne across the United States, from Los Angeles to New York, and into the record books—setting a transcontinental speed record of 14 hours, 45 minutes.

Charles Lindbergh joined United Technologies, known then as United Aircraft, as an engineering consultant in 1943 to assist the Chance-Vought Division with design and production of the Vought F4U Corsair fighter bomber.

It is that legacy that he instilled at United Aircraft that lives today in the hearts and minds of all of us at United Technologies.

We continue to build the world's most technologically advanced engines for business jets, general aviation, helicopter, commercial, and military aircraft flown all around the globe.

It is our steadfast passion for aviation and our belief in its ability to connect people, grow economies, and protect the world that enables us to go beyond what was once thought impossible.

It is a pleasure to be here tonight, and to continue to celebrate Charles Lindbergh's legacy. Please enjoy this evening of celebration. Thank you.