Murdoch was a senior project engineer in the late 1980s and is considered a driving force in the development of the PW100. He recalls that a customer once asked for a growth version of the engine requiring 10% more power, but it had to fit in the same space as the customer’s current engine. This would have meant a lengthy development program. Murdoch came up with an idea to join two halves of different models: the back end of a more powerful version (PW124) and the front end of a PW118. The team used the PW124’s turbomachinery and redesigned the front inlet case to make the engine fit in the space. In addition, minor modifications were made to the engine and the reduction gearbox module to accommodate the new propeller system − and there was the new PW119. A match made in heaven!
The PW100 is the engine of choice it is today thanks, in part, to Murdoch Gordon who was a member of the Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) team for 23 years prior to his retirement.
Committed and dependable people like him have helped build the P&WC traditions of innovation and excellence. Thank you, Murdoch.
Over the course of 30 years, a great many people at P&WC have contributed to the immense success of the PW100. To celebrate the engine that revolutionized the global regional market, we issued an appeal and asked for the names of those who have left their mark on its design, build and evolution.
We received over 150 names! As planned, we picked 30 names for the 30th anniversary of a December day in 1984, when two P&WC PW120A engines powered the first commercial flight of a Dash 8-100 from de Havilland Aircraft, soaring to the sound of bagpipes from Sault Ste. Marie to Kapuskasing, Timmins and Sudbury in Ontario, Canada.