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Covington Aircraft Donates Pratt & Whitney R-985 Engines for EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor

Robbie Culver


July, 2023 — Covington Aircraft of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, just celebrated 50 years in business overhauling Pratt & Whitney R-985s, R-1340s, and PT6As. Covington has a message for the aviation community: “While the rest of the world seems intent on growth through mergers, Covington Aircraft Engines remains true to the power of one: you. We are one family. Servicing engines from one manufacturer. With one guiding commitment. And by providing uncompromising service with core values first established by the Abbott family, we’ve built Covington Aircraft Engines over the last 50 years, one customer — and one engine — at a time.”

Covington has donated three new R-985 Wasp Junior nine-cylinder 450-hp supercharged air-cooled engines for EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor 4-AT-E. The first engine arrived in mid-July, with the remaining engines to arrive at the end of the year and in early spring 2024.

At an unveiling event held at EAA’s Kermit Weeks Hangar on Wednesday, July 26, Covington Aircraft’s President Aaron Abbott said, “We love our partnership with EAA.” Abbott added, “We love EAA and AirVenture. We love coming up here — my wife and kids come up here, my parents are up here. It’s just a great time to come see friends — it’s like a family reunion every summer.” Abbott’s father, Paul, who founded Covington, joined his wife, Betty; Aaron’s wife, Michelle; and their daughters, Emma and Audrey, and their son, Oaks, at the Weeks Hangar to celebrate the occasion.

John Hopkins, manager of aircraft maintenance for EAA, said, “We’re just so excited to be part of the Covington family, and putting their engines on our airplane will give us many years of reliable service.” Andrew Ramsey, business development manager at EAA, added, “Our relationship with Covington Aircraft is amazing! They sponsor our Wednesday night air show and are also the main sponsor of our Runway 5K. They support EAA in a lot of different ways and are great partners and really good people!”

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