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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6125 times:

The title basically says it all. What are your favourite prop-powered planes, and which do you think are the best looking? For the purpose of comparison with jets, let's leave out smaller single-engined models.

A couple of mine:

JS-41 - sleek, beautifully-proportioned, nice to ride in. British-made.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Easternairways_j41_g-majx_arp.jpg
AN-140 - Again, very neatly-proportioned, looks solid and modern, with nice curves and interesting propellers.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-140

Does anyone actually prefer props to jets looks-wise?


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User currently offline817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6113 times:

For me, these ones:

ATR 72-500/600:


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Dash 8-Q400:


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DHC-6 Twin Otter


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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6110 times:

TCA Lockheed Constellation - She was my 'first' / YUL-TPA
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Eastern Lockheed Electra - LGA-DCA dozens of times



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User currently onlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 902 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6090 times:

I have to say the iconic nose of the F50 looks pretty awesome:


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Other canidates for me would be the Twotter (DHC-6), Dash 8 Q400 and Dornier 228.

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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6082 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):
I have to say the iconic nose of the F50 looks pretty awesome:


Ooooh, good call! A lovely aircraft indeed. Will be getting my first ride on one this week!



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User currently offlineDocGATTACA From Singapore, joined May 2011, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6071 times:

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 2):
TCA Lockheed Constellation

Agreed, it has to be the Constellation. An astonishingly beautiful aeroplane.

I also have a soft spot for the Bristol Britannia, it was the first aircraft that I can actually remember flying on (with BOAC).

My current favourite, that I can actually fly on (at least for now), is the DHC-7 with Berjaya.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6069 times:

Quoting DocGATTACA (Reply 5):
Agreed, it has to be the Constellation. An astonishingly beautiful aeroplane.

It is a very cool plane, not least because of it being part of aviation history and a lovely, big, propeller-driven plane, but I'm not mad on the fuselage shape.



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6067 times:

Im going to have to go for the Dash-8 Q400, I love the look of the aircaft and I think they are great to fly on.


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User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1685 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6065 times:
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The most beautiful prop aircraft is the Super Constellation. It is one of the few prop aircraft I've never flown.

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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5936 times:

Lockheed L-188 Electra; just listen to the whistle of these engines: awesome !!!

Nice big windows too - had the pleasure twice to fly these sexy ladies: MIA-MCO-MIA on Air Florida  



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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5905 times:

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):
I have to say the iconic nose of the F50 looks pretty awesome

Its iconic because of its F27 heritage.

Two amazing beasts
AN-22
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And who cant love the classic lines of the DC6?
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For modern airliners, the Q400 is hard to beat and the Do328 is not far behind.

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User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1495 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5895 times:

As far as modern props go I love the long sleek look of the Q400


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But I still hold a soft spot for the old Friendship. I could listen to those RR Darts all day.


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7959 posts, RR: 19
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5894 times:

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 1):
Dash 8-Q400:

I like this one best. Sleek, sexy, and quick 



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User currently offlinePilsnerUrquell From Czech Republic, joined Nov 2009, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5871 times:

For me it is without doubt C-46 and L-1049....
PU


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26005 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5835 times:

Some of my favourites:

Constellation
Britannia
Viscount
ConvairLiner - 65 years after the first flight of the 240 they still look fairly modern today


User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2037 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 5757 times:

The BAE ATP is a nice looking plane, it seems just the right length (the Q400 is too long and thin for me!). This BD livery suited it as well.


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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11708 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 5748 times:

For me it's the Dash 8-300, middle of the family size wise and a great, reliable, and solid performer. It'll take a beating from mother nature all in its stride and get you down on the ground safely when other aircraft are WX'd out.

Some more of the Russian types need a mention too. The Il-18 - what a stunner, the noise up front is almost Godly, but mind if you have fillings because they will fall out. And the An-24, it's the ultimate solid performer which keeps on going, lapping up some of the harshest punishment you could throw at a plane with very little TLC in many cases.

Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
JS-41 - sleek, beautifully-proportioned, nice to ride in. British-made.

Interesting, the Jetstreams are not often classed as nice to fly in - unless in comparison to a D22 or Metroliner. Solid aircraft mind.

Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
AN-140 - Again, very neatly-proportioned, looks solid and modern, with nice curves and interesting propellers.

Agreed, looks great and comfortable to fly.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 1):
ATR 72-500/600:

Fantastic aircraft, my favorite modern prop still in production.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):
I have to say the iconic nose of the F50 looks pretty awesome:

It does, nice aircraft

Quoting DocGATTACA (Reply 5):
My current favourite, that I can actually fly on (at least for now), is the DHC-7 with Berjaya.

I love those things, grew up watching them every day of my life - those very aircraft Berjaya have now

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 10):
For modern airliners, the Q400 is hard to beat and the Do328 is not far behind.

Not too keen on the Q400 but agreed that the D328 is a cracker.

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 15):
The BAE ATP is a nice looking plane, it seems just the right length (the Q400 is too long and thin for me!). This BD livery suited it as well.

Another nice one.


Dan  



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User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1490 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (2 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5679 times:

The Airspeed Ambassador, lovely lines, perhaps even making the elegant Constellation look gawky.

User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2302 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 5635 times:

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 16):
Not too keen on the Q400 but agreed that the D328 is a cracker.

Gotta agree with you here, Dan... The 328 has to be my favorite turboprop strictly for looks.

The Dash 8-400 looks a bit odd from most angles... I think both the 100/200 and the 300 are cuter than their younger but bigger brother. Not that the ATR is any better. Overall I think Dash>ATR for looks.


User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5157 posts, RR: 43
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5619 times:

Quoting dstc47 (Reply 17):
The Airspeed Ambassador, lovely lines, perhaps even making the elegant Constellation look gawky.

I have heard this a lot, and seen it written everywhere, but I could never see it. I always thought the Airspeed Ambassador to be "odd looking", the Constellation too!

But that may explain my choice, as I have always found the straight lines of the L188 Electra to be very handsome.


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Same thing with the DC-7C, straight lines and sleek. In fact, the proposed turboprop version, the DC-7D was great looking!



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5550 times:

Forgot to mention the TU-114 as another favourite.


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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (2 years 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5499 times:

Quoting longhauler (Reply 19):
But that may explain my choice, as I have always found the straight lines of the L188 Electra to be very handsome.

See reply 9  

How about the Convair 580 ?



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User currently offlineTupolevtu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2186 posts, RR: 28
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 5321 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
JS-41 - sleek, beautifully-proportioned, nice to ride in. British-made.

This was my first thought when I saw the thread title. However these are my nominations;


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I also agree with the D328  



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User currently offlinetan1mill From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5294 times:

Call me crazy, but I like the short 360 and love the Beech 1900C and Beech 99. When I tell people this I usually get a response of "eww those are gross looking."


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User currently offlineNWADTWE16 From United States of America, joined Jun 2012, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5290 times:

Nice thread!
Huge fan of the Q400 especially in PD colours

but heres one ive always loved, a shame it wasnt very successful..bad timing i guess



25 Post contains images CrimsonNL : I'm a big fan of prop aircraft, and I do believe that there isn't a better engine sound then one of a radial piston engine. However I am appalled that
26 Post contains links and images Citationjet : I always loved to fly on the Convair 580: View Large View MediumPhoto © Hans Melin
27 n729pa : I like the NAMC YS-11, especially in the ANK colours. The PSA Electras were good looking too
28 Post contains links and images PC12Fan : Gotta few of 'em,.... Military - Commercial - Personal favorites - And of course, per names sake - View Large View MediumPhoto © Rob Neil
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