By Ms. Brigitte Rox (AMC)January 23, 2018
Corpus Christi Army Depot, in partnership with Honeywell International Inc., kicked off 2018 on a high note when they completed their 1,000th T55 engine. A celebration to mark the milestone is set for 12 p.m. on Jan. 25 in CCAD's T55 engine shop.
Honeywell partnered with CCAD in Feb. 2005 for overhaul of the T55-GA-714A engine used in the US Army's CH-47 Chinook and Special Operations MH-47 helicopters. CCAD's current engine overhaul program saves the Army more than half the cost of a new engine with every T55 they complete.
Honeywell provides technical, engineering and logistics services as well as material for overhaul of the engine. The partnership enhances depot operations, assisting with repair, tooling and test equipment methods, commercial best practices and assists CCAD with root cause analysis and corrective actions. In addition, the partnership provides test cell correlation support and back-up test capability for components and engines.
CCAD completed its first engine overhaul in May 2006. They delivered their 500th T55 engine in Sep. 2011, during the height of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, in Sep. 2011. Honeywell sold their local support team to KBRwyle in Sep. 2016, who continues to manage the partnership for Honeywell at the CCAD location.
At a maximum gross weight of 50,000 points, the CH-47 Chinook is powered by two T55-GA-714A engines, each packing an impressive 4,000 shaft horsepower. The cargo helicopter is the Army's only heavy transport aircraft, equipped to carry both troops and supplies, and supports a full spectrum of operations including disaster relief, homeland defense and security, and current overseas contingency operations.
Corpus Christi Army Depot, in partnership with Honeywell International Inc., kicked off 2018 on a high note when they completed their 1,000th T55 engine. More than 3,200 civilian employees support the CCAD mission, which extends its capabilities to all US military government services, as well as several foreign nations. The depot is the largest tenant on Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in South Texas.