History of The ATF3

    Design work on the ATF3 began at AiResearch Manufacturing Company's Torrance, Calif. facility (Site A) in early 1966. Anthony A. DuPont, director of product planning for Garrett at the time, was chiefly responsible for bringing the ATF3 into being...

    John C. Evans has created a full chronology of the ATF3's history and a story on the birth of the engine and the Site B test facility. He has a unique and all-encompassing perspective on the engine's history, as he worked on the engine program (as both technician and engineer) in both Torrance and in Phoenix from 1968 through 2001. For those of you who don't know him, John is blessed with a near-photographic memory. His mind is a vast storehouse of information, both weighty and trivial (mostly trivial). I hope to get many more of John's recollections and rememberances here in this website as it grows.  As John has taken on the duties of curator for the ATF3 Online Museum on June 16, 2008, getting inputs should be somewhat easier.

    I've got a few articles from back issues of Aviation Week describing the history of the engine. Thanks to Jerry Steele for submitting these. Jerry retired from his position as Project Engineering Manager of the Torrance Site B test facility in 199X after working XX years on the ATF3 program.

    The information in the following tow paragraphs was furnished courtesy Honeywell ATF3 Program Manager Charles “Buddy” Criminale (retired from both Honeywell and the USCG).  A total of 80 ATF3 powered AMD Falcon aircraft were produced in the early 1980’s.  There were three configurations of ATF3 powered Falcon Jets, 41 Falcon Jet model F20G USCG HU-25 Guardians, 34 Falcon Jet  model F20H 200 Commercial Aircraft, and 5 Falcon Jet model F20H French Navy (Marine) Gardian aircraft.  The French Navy Gardians were configured with similar upgrades that the USCG used for their missions.

    As of December 2, 2009 all 34 Commercial Falcon 200 aircraft were operational as were all five French Navy (Marine) Gardian’s.  The USCG still operates about 17 to 20 HU-25 Guardians in several different configurations as mission requirements dictate.  The remainder of the 41 HU-25 aircraft are in storage or on loan to museums. 

  1. Chronology of the ATF3's history by John C. Evans

  2. UPDATED!  Birth of the ATF3 Engine Program and the Site B Test Facility by John C. Evans

  3. "Garrett Test Corporate Turbofan Engine," from Aviation Week and Space Technology, October 7, 1968.

  4. NEW!   ATF3 Performance Restoration Program at Garrett R&O

  5. NEW!   FAST (Falcon Aircraft Support Team)

  6. NEW!   Silver Bullet Modifications (Hot Section Durability, Etc.)


updated 1/11/2009, Last Update 12/2/2009

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