When you’re at an airport and look out amongst all the aircraft, you can’t help but feel awestruck by their enormity; the massive wings, how many passengers they can hold, and how this magnificent craft can take flight. A key component in their ability to fly is the type of engine the plane houses. Many aircraft today utilize gas powered turbine engines because of their efficacy, reliability, and performance. Gas powered turbine engines were first produced in 1903 and have come a long way ever since. There are four main types of turbine engines in operation today: the turbojet, turboprop, turbofan, and turboshaft engine.