posted on Sep, 3 2014 @ 07:01 PM
According to another article, A&P screwed up in a huge way. A P&W rep, and the president of an East Hartford machine shop visited A&P, and the
president of A&P, John Palie Jr met them in the parking lot and refused them admittance, or any documentation about the titanium. They made numerous
phone calls, email attempts, and reached out to other companies in the supply chain with no result before the visit attempt.
It all started in May, when Lewis Machining received a shipment without proper documentation, or stamping that showed it was approved for high temp,
high pressure engine operations. A&P lied numerous times about the origin of the metal, and ordered others to lie to P&W about the titanium. It was
eventually used in 140 aircraft engines. According to P&W, there is enough margin built into their engines that even if the materials don't meet
every P&W standard, they won't pose a safety of flight issue.
They eventually admitted that the titanium came from RTI International, and from Russia. A&P claimed that the RTI metal was refined at Valley Forge
LLC, although Valley Forge later said they didn't refine any of the metal, and RTI said that none of their metal went to A&P.
Looking for answers, a Pratt & Whitney representative and the president of an East Hartford machine shop pulled into the parking lot for one of
their raw materials suppliers in West Bridgewater, Mass.
For weeks, questions swirled about the authenticity and integrity of A&P Alloy Inc.'s titanium, a popular aerospace metal for its strength and light
weight, according to a federal court case filed by Pratt & Whitney on Friday against the company.
The issues posed a threat to the most important project in Pratt & Whitney's military portfolio, the engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the
largest procurement project in Pentagon history. All the hunting for information, testing of titanium and replacement of parts that had already made
it into delivered military engines cost Pratt & Whitney more than $1 million, according to court documents.
Pratt & Whitney, a division of Hartford's United Technologies Corp., made calls to A&P Alloys, sent the company emails, and reached out to other
links in the titanium supply chain to run down the facts about this titanium. Then, it decided to stop by.