Pratt & Whitney Congratulates U.S. Marine Corps for World's First F-35B Lightning II Operational Squadron

   Pratt & Whitney Congratulates U.S. Marine Corps for World's First F-35B
                      Lightning II Operational Squadron

PR Newswire

YUMA, Ariz., Nov. 20, 2012

YUMA, Ariz., Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --MARINE CORPS AIR STATION-- Pratt &
Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), joined today with
other industry partners to celebrate and offer congratulations to the United
States Marine Corps for the official stand-up and re-designation of Marine
Fighter Attack Squadron 121, the world's first operational squadron to fly the
F-35B Lightning II aircraft.

During a ceremony today at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.,
representatives from Pratt & Whitney joined with esteemed aviation painter
Keith Ferris, and his wife, Peggy, to present to the Marine Corps Ferris'
painting "High Tide at Red Beach," which depicts the F-35B flying over the
skies of Camp Pendleton, Calif.

"Hundreds of thousands of Marines have participated in amphibious landing and
aviation training exercises at Red Beach on the Camp Pendleton complex, and
many of them would instantly recognize that setting, which is wholly unique to
the Marine Corps experience," said Ferris. "This painting captures the
expeditionary and amphibious character of the Marine Corps, and the role of
Marine Tactical Aviation in supporting the Marine on the ground. It was a
delight to paint, and an even greater honor to present it to the Commandant of
the Marine Corps on this historic occasion."

"This is yet another historic achievement for the F-35 program, and for the
F-35B in particular," said Bennett Croswell, president, Pratt & Whitney
Military Engines. "Just over a year ago, two F-35B aircraft accomplished their
'first ever' sea-based short take offs and vertical landings during trials
aboard the USS Wasp, demonstrating to our STOVL customers the unique
capabilities of the F135 STOVL propulsion system. Now we're celebrating
another first for the program – the arrival of the first operational F-35B to
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, and the beginning of a new fifth generation
fighter era for the Green Knights of VMFA-121."

The F-35B, a short takeoff and vertical landing multi-role fighter, is slated
to replace the Marine Corps' F/A-18 Hornet, AV-8B Harrier and EA-6B Prowler.
The F-35B's propulsion system, powered by Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine and
the Rolls-Royce LiftSystem, allows the aircraft to operate from expeditionary
airfields in remote, non-permissive environments with shorter runways, as well
as amphibious vessels, contributing to the Marine Corps' role as the nation's
expeditionary force-in-readiness.

The F-35 program includes three variants to meet the unique needs of the U.S.
armed forces and the international participants in the program: the
Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL), the Carrier Variant (CV), and the
Short Takeoff and Vertical Landing (STOVL). To date, the F135 propulsion
system has powered more than 358 vertical landings, 2,623 test flights
producing more than 4,055 flight hours. Pratt & Whitney has delivered 41
CTOL/CV and 35 STOVL engines and related propulsion system hardware. The
success of the F135 engine program validates the reliability, safety and
performance of the engine.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of
aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United
Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing
high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building
industries.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future
business opportunities and operational engine performance. Actual results may
differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and
uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in funding related to the
F-35 aircraft and F135 engines, changes in government procurement priorities
and practices or in the number of aircraft to be built; challenges in the
design, development, production and support of advanced technologies; as well
as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed
from time to time in United Technologies Corp.'s Securities and Exchange
Commission filings.

Matthew C. Bates
Pratt & Whitney Military Engines
860-557-3595
Mobile: 860-371-9857
matthew.bates@pw.utc.com

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