BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11154 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4313 times:
VirginFlyer and Aztec01 got it.
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.
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
Broke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4168 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!!