Stress Testing a 747 Engine in Sub Zero Conditions

Stress Testing a 747 Engine in Sub Zero Conditions

This February, The Barbarian Group commissioned noted photographer Noah Kalina to capture GE's latest 747 aircraft engine under the most extreme conditions, ice testing in Winnipeg, Canada.

Noah took a variety of shots showing various elements of the the testing facility, which simulates the farthest ends of extreme operating conditions for the engine, with temperatures as low as -8 to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. The facility can generate an ice cloud, and various other atmospheric conditions that could be encountered by a plane in flight, and even some situations beyond what nature can create.

GE's GEnx-2B engine is one of the lightest, most resilient engines on the market. It is also a "connected" machine, allowing it to communicate when it needs repairs or even when it may fail.