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QUIZ: What Was The First Turboprop Aircraft?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 11:28 am

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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RE: QUIZ: What Was The First Turboprop Aircraft?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 11:33 am

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.
 
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RE: QUIZ: What Was The First Turboprop Aircraft?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 12:07 pm

It was a modified Gloucester Meteor.

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RE: QUIZ: What Was The First Turboprop Aircraft?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 12:10 pm

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...

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RE: QUIZ: What Was The First Turboprop Aircraft?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 12:16 pm

The Trent-Turboprop, Meteor EE227
 
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RE: QUIZ: What Was The First Turboprop Aircraft?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 12:28 pm

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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RE: QUIZ: What Was The First Turboprop Aircraft?

Sun Nov 17, 2002 3:35 pm

Doesn't that drawing show the canopy and tail of a Meteor F8?
 
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RE: QUIZ: What Was The First Turboprop Aircraft?

Tue Nov 19, 2002 5:41 am

... and in the Science Museum in London you can see both engines, "pure" jet and the one "modified to turboprop".
 
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RE: QUIZ: What Was The First Turboprop Aircraft?

Tue Nov 19, 2002 6:00 am

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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