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QUIZ: What Was The First Turboprop Aircraft?  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4160 times:

The title says it all.

If no one is able to get it, I'll post the answer later.

HINT: It is NOT the Vickers Viscount.

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User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4138 times:

I would have to guess the Vickers Wellington fitted with an early model. Or a Lancaster. These bombers were steady platforms from which to develop the engines.

User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4573 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4074 times:

It was a modified Gloucester Meteor.

V/F



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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

I'm thinking the Convair 240 / C-131 that was refitted with T58's early in the Convair program. But there were probably several other machines out there...

Steve


User currently offlineAztec01 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 147 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4057 times:

The Trent-Turboprop, Meteor EE227

User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4038 times:

VirginFlyer and Aztec01 got it.

Good job.

On September 20, 1945, the 18th Gloster Meteor FM. k 1 was retrofitted with Turboprop engines to be used as a test aircraft. There was much speculation about how well a jet-engine could drive a propeller and this aircraft proved that it would be an immediate success and would lead to the turboprop era and the significant reduction of piston engined aircraft.



This aircraft was a significant contribution in aviation history.

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User currently offlineAreopagus From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1369 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3993 times:

Doesn't that drawing show the canopy and tail of a Meteor F8?


User currently offlineRIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1787 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3906 times:

... and in the Science Museum in London you can see both engines, "pure" jet and the one "modified to turboprop".

User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3893 times:

The first American turbo-prop was the mixed power Convair XF-81.
There were 2 airframes built; the first originally had a J-33 jet engine in the rear and a Packard built Merlin V-1650 in the front. Both eventually received GE XT-31 turbo-props. The idea of the mixed power was to use the turbo-prop for cruise and fire up the jet for combat in order to increase the range of the airplane.
The 2 fuselages are in storage at the U.S. Air Force Museum; I saw them during a "Behind the Scenes" tour last year. As great as the museum is, the "Behind the Scenes" tour left me salivating as what could possibly be restored to show condition and placed on display. Wow!!


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