An Aviation Décor table piece constructed from a Pratt and Whitney JT8D-9 Fire Tube, a Jet Engine component that connects combustors in a turbine and mixes air with fuel entering the combustion chamber, helping to control the burning process.
It was part of a JT8D turbofan engine, introduced by Pratt and Whitney to commercial aviation with the inaugural flight of the Boeing 727. The JT8D was a modification of Pratt and Whitney’s J52 turbojet engine, which powered the US Navy A-6 Intruder attack aircraft.
According to an article in the March 18, 1989 issue of Flight International, “Since it entered service in 1964, the Pratt & Whitney JT8D has become the most widely used jet engine in the world.”
The 727 first flew in February 1963 and entered service with Eastern Air Lines in February 1964. The midsized, narrow-body three-engined jet aircraft was heavily produced into the 1970s; the last 727 was completed in 1984.
The 727 became a mainstay of airlines’ domestic route networks and was also used on short- and medium-range international routes.