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Expect Low-flying Jumbo Jet In Central Connecticut

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A 747 jumbo jet modified with a stub wing, holding Pratt & Whitney's new Pure Power PW1000G engine for testing. Photo courtesy of Pratt & Whitney public relations.

A 747 jumbo jet modified with a stub wing, holding Pratt & Whitney’s new Pure Power PW1000G engine for testing. Photo courtesy of Pratt & Whitney public relations.

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Don’t be alarmed if you see a low-flying jumbo jet in Central Connecticut this afternoon.

Pratt & Whitney spokesperson Katy Pagett says the aircraft is performing flyovers at the company’s locations in East Hartford, and Middletown.

“It will look like a big Boeing 747,” Pagett said.  “It will have the Pratt and Whitney Eagle proudly displayed on the tail, and it will look a little unusual, with an additional stub wing test engine on the side of the plane.”

The plane is a test aircraft for Pratt’s Pure Power engine.  The new model of engine is mounted on a small, extra wing on the right side.

The flyovers are intended to give Pratt employees an opportunity to see the engine they have been working on.

The jet could be flying as low as a thousand feet.

It is expected to pass over the plant in East Hartford about 4:15 pm, and the facility in Middletown about 4:45 pm.

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