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Best-Looking / Favourite Prop Aircraft

Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:26 pm

The title basically says it all. What are your favourite prop-powered planes, and which do you think are the best looking? For the purpose of comparison with jets, let's leave out smaller single-engined models.

A couple of mine:

JS-41 - sleek, beautifully-proportioned, nice to ride in. British-made.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Easternairways_j41_g-majx_arp.jpg
AN-140 - Again, very neatly-proportioned, looks solid and modern, with nice curves and interesting propellers.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-140

Does anyone actually prefer props to jets looks-wise?
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Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:54 pm

For me, these ones:

ATR 72-500/600:


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Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:04 pm

TCA Lockheed Constellation - She was my 'first' / YUL-TPA
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Sun Dec 09, 2012 2:34 pm

I have to say the iconic nose of the F50 looks pretty awesome:


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Other canidates for me would be the Twotter (DHC-6), Dash 8 Q400 and Dornier 228.

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RE: Best-Looking / Favourite Prop Aircraft

Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:19 pm

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):
I have to say the iconic nose of the F50 looks pretty awesome:


Ooooh, good call! A lovely aircraft indeed. Will be getting my first ride on one this week!
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RE: Best-Looking / Favourite Prop Aircraft

Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:21 pm

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 2):
TCA Lockheed Constellation

Agreed, it has to be the Constellation. An astonishingly beautiful aeroplane.

I also have a soft spot for the Bristol Britannia, it was the first aircraft that I can actually remember flying on (with BOAC).

My current favourite, that I can actually fly on (at least for now), is the DHC-7 with Berjaya.
 
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Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:25 pm

Quoting DocGATTACA (Reply 5):
Agreed, it has to be the Constellation. An astonishingly beautiful aeroplane.

It is a very cool plane, not least because of it being part of aviation history and a lovely, big, propeller-driven plane, but I'm not mad on the fuselage shape.
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Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:31 pm

Im going to have to go for the Dash-8 Q400, I love the look of the aircaft and I think they are great to fly on.


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Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:32 pm

The most beautiful prop aircraft is the Super Constellation. It is one of the few prop aircraft I've never flown.

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Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:03 pm

Lockheed L-188 Electra; just listen to the whistle of these engines: awesome !!!

Nice big windows too - had the pleasure twice to fly these sexy ladies: MIA-MCO-MIA on Air Florida  
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Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:45 am

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):
I have to say the iconic nose of the F50 looks pretty awesome

Its iconic because of its F27 heritage.

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For modern airliners, the Q400 is hard to beat and the Do328 is not far behind.

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Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:51 am

As far as modern props go I love the long sleek look of the Q400


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Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:02 am

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 1):
Dash 8-Q400:

I like this one best. Sleek, sexy, and quick 
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Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:48 pm

For me it is without doubt C-46 and L-1049....
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RE: Best-Looking / Favourite Prop Aircraft

Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:46 pm

Some of my favourites:

Constellation
Britannia
Viscount
ConvairLiner - 65 years after the first flight of the 240 they still look fairly modern today
 
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Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:14 pm

The BAE ATP is a nice looking plane, it seems just the right length (the Q400 is too long and thin for me!). This BD livery suited it as well.


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Fri Dec 14, 2012 1:37 pm

For me it's the Dash 8-300, middle of the family size wise and a great, reliable, and solid performer. It'll take a beating from mother nature all in its stride and get you down on the ground safely when other aircraft are WX'd out.

Some more of the Russian types need a mention too. The Il-18 - what a stunner, the noise up front is almost Godly, but mind if you have fillings because they will fall out. And the An-24, it's the ultimate solid performer which keeps on going, lapping up some of the harshest punishment you could throw at a plane with very little TLC in many cases.

Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
JS-41 - sleek, beautifully-proportioned, nice to ride in. British-made.

Interesting, the Jetstreams are not often classed as nice to fly in - unless in comparison to a D22 or Metroliner. Solid aircraft mind.

Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
AN-140 - Again, very neatly-proportioned, looks solid and modern, with nice curves and interesting propellers.

Agreed, looks great and comfortable to fly.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 1):
ATR 72-500/600:

Fantastic aircraft, my favorite modern prop still in production.

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 3):
I have to say the iconic nose of the F50 looks pretty awesome:

It does, nice aircraft

Quoting DocGATTACA (Reply 5):
My current favourite, that I can actually fly on (at least for now), is the DHC-7 with Berjaya.

I love those things, grew up watching them every day of my life - those very aircraft Berjaya have now

Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 10):
For modern airliners, the Q400 is hard to beat and the Do328 is not far behind.

Not too keen on the Q400 but agreed that the D328 is a cracker.

Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 15):
The BAE ATP is a nice looking plane, it seems just the right length (the Q400 is too long and thin for me!). This BD livery suited it as well.

Another nice one.


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Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:17 pm

The Airspeed Ambassador, lovely lines, perhaps even making the elegant Constellation look gawky.
 
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Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:23 pm

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 16):
Not too keen on the Q400 but agreed that the D328 is a cracker.

Gotta agree with you here, Dan... The 328 has to be my favorite turboprop strictly for looks.

The Dash 8-400 looks a bit odd from most angles... I think both the 100/200 and the 300 are cuter than their younger but bigger brother. Not that the ATR is any better. Overall I think Dash>ATR for looks.
 
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Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:49 pm

Quoting dstc47 (Reply 17):
The Airspeed Ambassador, lovely lines, perhaps even making the elegant Constellation look gawky.

I have heard this a lot, and seen it written everywhere, but I could never see it. I always thought the Airspeed Ambassador to be "odd looking", the Constellation too!

But that may explain my choice, as I have always found the straight lines of the L188 Electra to be very handsome.


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RE: Best-Looking / Favourite Prop Aircraft

Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:32 am

Forgot to mention the TU-114 as another favourite.
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RE: Best-Looking / Favourite Prop Aircraft

Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:34 pm

Quoting longhauler (Reply 19):
But that may explain my choice, as I have always found the straight lines of the L188 Electra to be very handsome.

See reply 9  

How about the Convair 580 ?
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RE: Best-Looking / Favourite Prop Aircraft

Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:54 pm

Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
JS-41 - sleek, beautifully-proportioned, nice to ride in. British-made.

This was my first thought when I saw the thread title. However these are my nominations;


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Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:43 am

Call me crazy, but I like the short 360 and love the Beech 1900C and Beech 99. When I tell people this I usually get a response of "eww those are gross looking."
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RE: Best-Looking / Favourite Prop Aircraft

Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:01 am

Nice thread!
Huge fan of the Q400 especially in PD colours

but heres one ive always loved, a shame it wasnt very successful..bad timing i guess

 
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Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:28 am

I'm a big fan of prop aircraft, and I do believe that there isn't a better engine sound then one of a radial piston engine. However I am appalled that no one here has mentioned the single greatest aircraft that has been ever build! Boeing Model 299P, better known as the B-17.


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Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:23 pm

I always loved to fly on the Convair 580:

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Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:39 pm

I like the NAMC YS-11, especially in the ANK colours.

The PSA Electras were good looking too
 
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Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:47 pm

Gotta few of 'em,....  

Military -


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