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Are Hovercraft Engines Used On Any Plane  
User currently offlineTrent_800 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 136 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3805 times:

Ive just watched "Big Stuff" on Channel 5 (UK) and the worlds largest hovercraft was on it, operating from the UK to France and back. It has 4 Props on it, each powerd by a Rolls Royce engine. Now the Narrator didnt say weather or not they were Gas turbine, Deisel or petrol engines. If they were Gas turbine (I.E. Massive turbo props) are the engines used on any aircraft?

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User currently offlineWhiskeyflyer From Ireland, joined May 2002, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 3793 times:

I did not see the programme but the marine version of the RR Proteus gas turbine was used on the SRN4 hovercrafts. The aviation version of the engine was used on the Bristol Britannia aircraft.

Other versions of the engine where used for emergency electric power backup systems (appartently one was on top of the Natwest tower in London, I don't know if its still there).

User currently offlinePmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3789 times:

The question should be: Are aircraft engines used on Hovercraft? The answer is yes.


User currently offlineTrent_800 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3762 times:

PMK, I was refering to a certain model of hovercraft. And all i wanted to know was the Model of aircraft that used the engines.

User currently offlineJetdoctor From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2001, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3728 times:

Don't quote me on this, but I think the hovercraft in question is powered by 4 Rolls Royce Darts. If that is true, there are many aircraft powered by the Dart. HS-748, F-27, and YS-11 to name a few.


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User currently offlineSAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3711 times:

The Proteus was used on the Bristol Britannia.

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