Frank Gillette

External Advisory Board Member


Frank C. Gillette, Jr. retired from Pratt & Whitney in December 1998. He was Director of Advanced Military Programs, which included the Joint Strike Fighter Engine program. He is currently a Senior Consultant for United Technologies Corporation, Belcan Corporation and Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). He has served on the National Academies of Science Committee on Air Force and Department of Aerospace Propulsion. Frank was appointed Director of Advanced Military Engines for Government Engine and Space Propulsion at Pratt & Whitney in June of 1995, and had overall responsibility for the engine design of the Boeing and Lockheed JAST/ASTOVL applications, F100/F119 derivatives and Advanced Nozzles. He was Director of Engineering Programs, F119 Engine Projects for Government Engines and Space Propulsion at Pratt & Whitney from 1990. In that position, he provided leadership to 900 engineering employees responsible for the design, development, test, production transition and engineering support of the F119 engine program, and is known as “the father of the F119 engine.” In l980 he
became Engineering Director of the YF119 program. In that position, he was responsible for ensuring the technical integrity of the demo and prototype engine program to assure the design, reliability/maintainability, development program, flight test program, and technical proposal would lead to an FSD win of the F119 product. In 1977 Frank was named Chief of Structures and was responsible for managing the overall structural engineering effort of the J52, TF30, F100, rockets and preliminary design. Frank began his career at Pratt & Whitney in 1962 as a Mechanical Designer working jet and rocket engines. He designed the RL10 rocket chamber and designed the turbine section of the J58. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1962. Frank is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and is active in both societies.