Topic Author
Posts: 9
Joined: Thu Jun 30, 2005 8:55 am

Propfan, Eh?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 2:03 am

Was going through some of my leisure books from childhood and ran across this in the introduction.

"As described in the appropriate chapters, more exciting developments are to come. The shape of aeroplanes is changing, as wings gaing 'winglets' and fuselages grow 'noseplanes'. And as the changes take place, even more radical developments can be foreseen in the field of propulsion, where 'propfan' has become the buzzword of the late 'eighties. A marriage of propeller and jet engine technologies, the propfan engines under development as this book was prepared hold the promise for the next big step forward in air transportation, ensuring that it remains one of the most dynamic industries for the 20th century."

Source: Green, William, Mowinski, John, & Swanborough, Gordon, ed. Modern Commercial Aircraft. New York: Portland House, 1987. pp 6.

If this book was published in 1987, then the information has to be from at least 1985 and back. So, twentysome years later, does anyone have any comments about what the intro says?
"...one of the most dynamic industries for the 20th century," hm...
Posts: 391
Joined: Sun Oct 23, 2005 5:34 am

RE: Propfan, Eh?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 2:18 am

It will be used on an-70
Posts: 439
Joined: Tue May 17, 2005 6:03 am

RE: Propfan, Eh?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:11 am

Was tested with dc-9-8X's towards the end of MD's life.
Posts: 15446
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2001 1:32 pm

RE: Propfan, Eh?

Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:13 am

What Happened To Propfan Jet (by Rick Nov 15 2001 in Civil Aviation) RE: What Happened With Unducted Fans? (by RayChuang Nov 11 2004 in Civil Aviation) RE: Jet Engines With External Fans? (by Huck Jul 3 2005 in Civil Aviation)