Westinghouse 501D5 Gas Turbine


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Westinghouse 501D5 Gas Turbine

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Westinghouse 501D5 Turbine


Pensacola (Fla.)
Energy--United States


A Westinghouse 501D (W501D) gas turbine in Pensacola, Florida, around 1988. Westinghouse Electric began to assemble large gas turbines at its plant in Pensacola, Florida, which was originally built to manufacture components for nuclear power plants. This photograph shows an assembled W501D being lifted from assembly station to be loaded on railcar for transport.

Originally called the Westinghouse Electric Company, George Westinghouse (1846-1914) founded his manufacturing company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 8, 1886. In 1889, he renamed his business The Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. Westinghouse's primary products include turbines, generators, motors and switchgear related to the generation, transmission, and use of electricity. The company changed its name to Westinghouse Electric Corporation in 1945. In 1981, the company began to relocate its division headquarters for the Steam-Turbine Generator Divisions from Pennsylvania (turbines from Lester and generators from Pittsburgh) to Orlando, Florida. The Power Generation Business Unit (PGBU) building was located in The Quadrangle, at 4400 Alafaya Trail. Originally, Westinghouse had purchased a large plot of land for future development that extended westward from Alafaya Trail to Rouse Road. The original headquarters was located on several acres of that land parcel close to Alafaya Trail.

As the PGBU grew in size, other buildings were rented and then, after PGBU was sold to Siemens Corporation, additional buildings were added to the complex. In 1994, after a major corporate management shuffling and commitment to change from an industrial manufacturing company to primarily a broadcasting/communications company, Westinghouse bought the CBS Network and changed its name to the CBS Corporation. As the PGBU grew in size, other buildings were rented and then, after PGBU was sold to Siemens Corporation in 1998, additional buildings were added to the Quadrangle.


Original color photograph: Gas Turbine World. November-December 1994: Private Collection of Harry L. Jaeger.


Date Created

ca. 1994


Jaeger, Harry L.

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Digital reproduction of original color photograph: Gas Turbine World. November-December 1994.

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Gas Turbine World. November-December 1994.
Westinghouse Electric Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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Westinghouse Electric Corporation Plant, Pensacola, Florida

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History Teacher


Originally published by Gas Turbine World.

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Copyright to this resource is held by Gas Turbine World and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.


Jaeger, Harry L.
Cepero, Laura

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External Reference

"History." Westinghouse Nuclear. http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/About/History.
"Westinghouse Power Generation Booklet." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/6422.


“Westinghouse 501D5 Gas Turbine,” RICHES, accessed May 27, 2024, https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka/items/show/7724.