For 100 years, GE Aviation has reimagined flight.
“We are celebrating our 100 year anniversary with 100 flights! We’ve invited 100 employees to share our history at key sites and shows around the world”…GE Aviation
What began as a small team of engineers and machinists working on an experimental project near the end of World War I has transformed into a global network designed to invent the future of flight, with more than 47,000 employees in 26 countries.
In the summer of 1919, the first GE Aviation product enabled an airplane to climb to nearly 30,000 feet, higher than any aircraft ever before. That product was the GE turbosupercharger—a centrifugal compressor that squeezed thin air with the help of hot exhaust gas from the engine to create a higher air density and oxygen level closer to sea-level pressure.
By 1943, more than 100,000 GE turbosuperchargers powered U.S. and Allied aircraft for World War II.
There have been many more “firsts” brought to you by GE Aviation. They include the first U.S. jet engine, the first turboprop engine, the first high bypass engine, the first 120,000+ lbs. thrust engine and—as illustrated by our 100-year celebration logo—the first composite fan blade in airline service.