General Electric F110 Turbofan

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About the F110 Turbofan:

The General Electric F110 is a two-spool afterburning turbofan engine. The engine has three fan stages, nine high-pressure compressor stages, and 1 high-pressure/2 low-pressure turbine stages. The F110 delivers up to 32,000 pounds of thrust (F110-GE-132).

The first engine in the F110 Series, the F110-GE-100 was developed to provide increased performance for later models of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. In 1984, the U.S. Air Force decided to purchase 120 F110 engines for its fleet of F-16 C/D aircraft.

The F110 engine powers the F-16 Fighting Falcon where it competes with Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200/220/229 turbofan engines. As much as 86% of all U.S. Air Force F-16C/D aircraft are powered by the GE F110. More than 75% of U.S. Air Force single-engine F-16C/D Block 50/52 aircraft are equipped with F110-GE-129 engines.

Overseas, the Air Force of South Korea selected the F110-GE-129 engine to power its twin-engine F-15K Slam Eagle fighter jets. The F110-GE-129 engine is also used on Saudi Arabia's F-15SA and Singapore's F-15SG. The F110-GE-129 also powers Japan's Mitsubishi F-2 as well as the F-16 fleets of the Turkish, Greek, and Japanese air forces. Growth versions of the F110 that provide up to 36,000 pound of thrust have been conceptualized.

The F110-GE-132 (the newest in the F110 Series) continues to be installed on Lockheed Martin F-16E/F aircraft.

Another version of the F110, the F110-GE-400, was the U.S. Navy's power plant of choice to re-engine its existing F-14A fleet upgrading them to F-14Bs in 1984. Also, the U.S. Navy selected the F110 as the standard engine for new F-14D Tomcat aircraft. The F-14 was retired from U.S. service in September 2006 having been replaced by the F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet.

Sources Used: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and General Electric Co.

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Engine Type:

Two-Spool Afterburning Turbofan Engine


F-16 Fighting Falcon; F-14 (retired);
F-15K Slam Eagle; F-15SA; F-15SG; F-2


In Production


General Electric Co.

Price/Unit Cost:


The General Electric F110 Turbofan on the F-16 Fighting Falcon

By Joakim Kasper Oestergaard Balle /// Contact Forecast International

External Resources:

GE Aviation: General Electric F110

YouTube: General Electric F110 on YouTube

Fact Sheet: General Electric F110-GE-129
Fact Sheet: General Electric F110-GE-132


Engine Specifications: F110-GE-129 and F110-GE-132

Manufacturer: General Electric Co.
Thrust: F110-GE-129: 29,500 pounds; F110-GE-132: 32,000 pounds
Overall Pressure Ratio at Maximum Power: F110-GE-129: 30.7; F110-GE-132: 33.3
Thrust-to-Weight Ratio: F110-GE-129: 7.29; F110-GE-132: 7.90
Compressor: Two spool, axial flow, three-stage fan
LP-HP Compressor Stages: 0-9
HP-LP Turbine Stages: 1-2
Combustor Type: Annular
Length: 182.3 in (4.63 m)
Diameter: 46.5 in (118 cm)
Dry Weight: F110-GE-129: 3,980 lbs (1,805 kg); F110-GE-132: 4,050 lbs (1,837 kg)
Platforms: F-16 Fighting Falcon; F-14 (retired); F-15K Slam Eagle; F-15SA; F-15SG; F-2
Price/Unit Cost: Unknown
First Run: 1992 (F110-GE-129)
First Flight: Unknown

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