General Electric has fired up its massive GE9X turbine engines, powering them to takeoff speed during a recent test at the company’s Propulsion Test Platform.
Judging by video of the test posted to YouTube, it’s safe to say that the engines generate an ear-splitting wail to match their brawny size. The engine is the biggest commercial jet turbine in the world, according to GE.
Take a listen to the whirring, howling turbines:
The GE9X is set to power Boeing’s new 777X airliner, which will appropriately be the company’s biggest jet ever when it debuts next month. Boeing unveiled photos of the plane paired with its engines earlier this month, showcasing the aircraft’s 118-foot wingspan, which the company says fashions it the largest dual-engine plane in the world.
The engines are similarly huge, running 11-feet in diameter, with 16 fan blades crammed into a 14-foot engine capsule. In fact, they completely outmatch some aircraft in terms of their hulking width: Boeing claims they’re as wide as an entire Boeing 737 fuselage.
The engines were subjected to flight tests last March when a single turbine was paired to a Boeing 747 test bed. The more recent runway tests are being held in preparation for the maiden test flight of the 777X, which will take to the skies for the first time later this year.
Source: GE Aviation