This is how you change a massive aircraft engine in 24 hours
Sunday, October 29, 2017 7:47 AM
The next time you’re on a flight and a weird noise makes you contemplate the maintenance performed on your plane, remember this time-lapse video from Virgin Atlantic. It depicts six highly skilled engineers replacing and installing a new Rolls-Royce Trent 500 engine in just 24 hours. It took three separate shifts to pull off this incredible feat before the Airbus A340-600 jet airliner casually taxied out of its London Heathrow hangar and took flight across the Atlantic.
We now interrupt our regularly scheduled blog to nerd out on the features of a Rolls-Royce aero engine:
- The high-pressure turbine blades each generate approximately 900 horsepower, equivalent to a Formula One car
- A fan blade can create 1,000 tons of force—same as a freight train hanging from each blade
- Some Rolls-Royce engines are known to last 40,000 hours before their first overhaul
Okay, we’re back. Don’t you just love to fly?