Industry Firsts

From our earliest days to our most recent advancements, Honeywell Aerospace has pushed the limits of technological development.

10/18/2013

With nearly a century of aerospace achievements, our lineage includes many of the great names in aviation - Sperry, Bendix, Garret, AiResearch, Pioneer, Lycoming, Grimes, King and AlliedSignal. We celebrate our past accomplishments and look forward to pushing the envelope of aerospace innovation by delivering responsive high-performance technology that meets the current and future needs of our customers.

1910s

  • First autopilot flight controller (Sperry Gyro Stabilizer) - 1914

1920s

  • First navigation system (Pioneer Instruments Earth Inductor Compass) - 1927
  • First modern instrument-only flight (Sperry Horizon and Directional Gyro) - 1929

1930s

  • First directional system (Sperry Gyropilot & Sperry Radio Direction Finder) - 1933
  • First automatic direction finder (Pioneer ADF) - 1936
  • First all-aluminum aircraft intercooler (B-17) - 1939

1940s

  • First surge protection valve for oil coolers (P38) - 1940
  • First heat exchangers for cooling pressurized cabin air (Stratoliner) -1940
  • First volume production of cabin pressure regulators (B-29) - 1941
  • First elliptical oil cooler -1942
  • First in the perfection of an air expansion turbine for aircraft cabin refrigeration (F-80) - 1944
  • First dual-differential cabin pressure control (F-80) - 1945
  • First air cycle ECS (Constellation) - 1945
  • First panel-mounted line of avionics equipment for general aviation aircraft - 1945
  • First conception and development of low-pressure pneumatic starting system for main jet engine (XP5Y/R3Y) - 1946
  • First production commercial cabin pressure system (Constellation) - 1946
  • First cabin-pressurization system (G Pressurization System for Bell X-1 Experimental Aircraft) - 1947
  • First engine-driven cabin air compressor (Constellation and Convair 240/340) - 1947
  • First aircraft air turbine starter capable of giving unlimited starts (XP5Y) - 1948
  • First "push-button" flight across Atlantic (Douglas C-54 with Bendix Automatic Engine controls) - 1948
  • First production of air turbine auxiliary drive for aircraft (XP5Y) - 1949

1950s

  • First solid-propellant electro-hydraulic power system for missiles (CF100) - 1950
  • First ram air turbine for aircraft emergency power - 1951
  • First all-pneumatic temperature control system (F-11F) - 1952
  • First combined auxiliary power and refrigeration unit - 1953
  • First airborne operated and started auxiliary gas turbine using main engine augmented air (C-133) - 1954
  • First commercial weather radar system (Bendix RDR-1) - 1954
  • First transistorized autopilot (Eclipse-Pioneer PB20 on USAF C-133) - 1954
  • First gas turbine engine (T53 & T55 helicopter engines) - 1953/1955
  • First fully optimized central air data system (F4H (A3J) - 1955
  • First production turbine accessory power unit for missiles (Nike Hercules) - 1956
  • First aircraft-type vapor cycle cooling system (Electra) - 1956
  • First cabin air turbocompressor (707) - 1957
  • First stainless steel plate fin heat exchanger (F-101) - 1957
  • First manned rocket launched vehicle environmental system (X-15) - 1958
  • First manned space vehicle oxygen system (Project Mercury) - 1959
  • First combined bleed air and shaft power gas turbine aircraft auxiliary power units (GTCP85) - 1959

1960s

  • First multi-contoured surface oil cooler (707) - 1960
  • First infrared cryogenic cooling system (F-14) - 1960
  • First complete pneumatic air cycle ECS (727) - 1961
  • First complete ECS for three-man, two-week Apollo spacecraft - 1961
  • First closed-cycle cryogenic cooling system (OV-1) - 1962
  • First completed JetStar.(AiResearch) - 1962
  • First use of gas turbine APU for commercial aircraft (727) - 1963
  • First development and production of a jet fuel starter for self-start capability for fighter aircraft (A7D) - 1964
  • First HS125 to U.S. market (AiResearch) - 1964
  • First extravehicular life-support chestpack (Project Gemini) - 1965
  • First supercritical cryogenic helium storage system on the moon - 1966
  • First gas turbine hydrant shipboard system for starting USN aircraft (CVA66) - 1967
  • First integrated APU/ECS for commercial aircraft (DC-10) - 1967
  • First production of full-authority APU electronic control system (747) - 1968
  • First production helicopter air cycle ECS (Huey Cobra) - 1968
  • First testing of a practical TCAS system - 1968
  • First Inertial Navigation System (INS) in a business aircraft (AiResearch) - 1968
  • First digital air inlet control system (F-14) - 1969
  • First production application of Air Cycle Machine Foil Bearings (DC-10) - 1969
  • First production application of fluidic control (DC-10) - 1969
  • Steering System-Actuator for the Lunar Lander - 1969

1970s

  • First integrated jet fuel starter/airframe-mounted accessory drive system (F15) - 1970
  • First rotary actuator for leading edge system (F-16) - 1971
  • First flight-weight electron beam gun - 1972
  • First corporate Boeing 727 (AiResearch) - 1972
  • First high-bypass turboshaft engine (TFE731) - 1972
  • First application of air bearings in military air cycle air conditioning (A7E) - 1973
  • First on-board oxygen generating system - 1973
  • First mechanical rotary actuator for trailing edge flap system (747-SP) - 1974
  • First business jet turbofan engine (TFE731) - 1975
  • First turbofan to fly over 55,000 feet - 1975
  • First production hydrazine EPU (F-16) - 1976
  • First digital system for General Aviation (BX-2000 VHF NAV/COM system) - 1976
  • First production of military load compressor APU (F-18) - 1977
  • First digital electronic cabin pressure control system (Sabreliner 65) - 1977
  • First production military bootstrap air-condition system using air bearings (F-18) - 1978
  • First rotary actuator for primary flight control (F-18) - 1979
  • First fully automatic, dual channel, micro-processor-based digital cabin pressure control system using converging nozzle valves for B757/767 - 1979
  • First sub-freezing high pressure water separation ECS (B767/757) - 1979
  • First 731 HS125 engine retrofit (AiResearch) - 1979

1980s

  • First turbine power pack (AGT1500 for M1 Tank) - 1980
  • First production digital micro-processor-based temperature control system (757/767) - 1980
  • First digital micro-processor-based, full-authority APU controller (767/757/A310) - 1981
  • First air turbine cartridge starter system for production fighter aircraft (F-5G) - 1981

1990s

  • First Integrated Bleed Air/Cabin Pressure Controller (B777) - 1991
  • First Integrated Vapor Cycle/Air Cycle/Thermal Management System (F-22) - 1993
  • First air bearing motor/blower for space application (ISS CDRA) - 1994
  • First FAA certification for Forward Looking Wind Shear weather radar system (RDR-4B) - 1994
  • First direct digital controlled motor for space actuation (ISS IMCA) -1996
  • First oil less, variable speed vapor cycle (F-22) - 1999
  • First FAA certification for Forward Looking Wind Shear weather radar system (RDR-4B) - 1994

2000s

  • First production integration of ECS/APU/thermal management/electric power into single system (JSF) - 2002
  • First integrated APU/ECS controller/control (Hawker Horizon) - 2002
  • First titanium heat exchanger (JSF) - 2003
  • First high accuracy, fuel pump metering, "pump-on-demand", fuel control (PTMS) -2003
  • First modular aerospace control (MAC) - 2003

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