During its initial ground tests, a GE90 engine achieved unprecedented power for a jet engine, reaching 122,965 pounds of thrust.
The Guinness Book record-setting thrust level was established in November 2001 during tests of a GE90-115B development engine at GE’s outdoor test complex near Peebles, Ohio.
In late 2002, the GE90-115B broke its original record by reaching 127,900 pounds of thrust during final certification testing. The new record shatters the previous mark and represents outstanding design margin and engine capability.
The GE90-115B, the world’s most powerful turbofan engine, is the exclusive powerplant for Boeing’s longer-range 777-300ER and -200LR twinjets.
The new record was set while completing a required U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 150-hour block test. During this intensive test, the engine ran for approximately 60 hours at triple red-line conditions (maximum fan speed, maximum core speed and maximum exhaust gas temperature) to evaluate the engine at its operational limits. The test is designed to demonstrate the engine’s capability beyond the most extreme operating conditions.
In April 2004, the GE90-115B entered into service powering Boeing’s 777-300ER.