Doors that weigh 385,000 pounds, each. A concrete ceiling that’s four-feet thick. An exhaust room designed to withstand temperatures up to 1700 degrees Fahrenheit. Here’s an inside look at the largest jet engine test cell in the world.
Endurance is the overlooked performance achievement. A bottle rocket accelerates from earth faster than a Saturn V, but only one can burn long enough to put a man on the moon. Jet engines are at the center of our aerial infrastructure and Delta Air Laines built this new facility in Atlanta to give themselves the ability to test and maintain them.
No other airline has built a similar facility in the last 20 years and the test cell Delta is replacing can only handle up to 68,000 pounds of thrust, according to the airline. Delta is trying to future-proof themselves with a facility that can handle 30% more thrust than the GE90, which is currently the most powerful commercial jet engine at 115,000 pounds of thrust.
APEX.one sent motorsports photographer Camden Thrasher to Atlanta to get a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at this amazing new facility and bring the aesthetic of his phenomenal racing coverage to aviation. - Editor’s Note.