Good looking, IMO:
- Saab 2000
Nicest to ride? Cannot really determine as I haven't flown any from my list above :). The only regional turboprops I have flown were:
- AN-24B and RV
- LET-410UVP-E (a Czech produced, mostly flown by Aeroflot)
- IL-18 (if you can say it's a regional)
Let-410 was a cute one (about 19-25 passengers, speed at ~350kmh, seating 1-2). I liked when pilots didn't care about shutting their cabin doors (that happened quite often!), so I'd intentionally seat at the very front and enjoy the view of the cockpit :).
An-24 was a different story. No chance to get to the cockpit. But I always enjoyed to watch outta windows how the wheels retracted into the engine nacelles. That was COOL!!! ALso, in an AN-24 you feel the POWER - hear the LOUD noise engines make, which I miss on modern planes...
IL-18 - I was too young and hardly remember details but I remember when once a stewardess gave me a postcard with Aeroflot's TU-154 on it as a present. Whatta nice lady... Maybe she somehow knew I was gonna grow an aviation freak?? ;-).