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4-engined turboprops

Fri Dec 04, 1998 8:57 pm

4-engined turboprops have all but vanished from the commercial aviation scene. Have any of you ever flown on one? Here is my list, with the number of times I have flown on each:

Lockheed L-188 Electra (33 times)
Vickers Viscount (9 times)
Vickers Vanguard (2 times)
DHC Dash 7 (2 times)

The Electra and Vanguard were extremely powerful on takeoff. And the Dash 7 has an unbelievably short takeoff roll. The Viscount's distinguishing feature was its extremely large oval cabin windows. The bottom of them was at the level of my knees when I was seated.
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David L
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RE: 4-engined turboprops

Fri Dec 04, 1998 9:51 pm

Now you're talking! Yes, I've flown in a few:

Vickers Vanguard - a couple of times, BEA and BA
Vickers Viscount - several times, BEA, BA and British Midland
Bristol Britannia - 3 times, RAF, Caledonian and British Eagle

The Bristol Britannia, now there was a beautiful aeroplane. It was
justifiably called the Whispering Giant.
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RE: 4-engined turboprops

Sat Dec 05, 1998 12:19 am

I've flown in a 4-engine turboprop once. That was a DHC Dash7 (Tyrolean Airways) on the flight from Vienna, Austria to Venice, Italy in 1996.

I agree, the takeoff roll was extremely short.

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RE: David L

Sat Dec 05, 1998 7:57 am

I almost got to fly in a Britannia. I was going to take a British Eagle package tour involving one, but they went bankrupt before I was able to. I've been sorry ever since. They used BAC-111s on scheduled flights and Britannias and Viscounts on some of their charters. One of their Viscounts crashed in Germany shortly before they shut down.
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RE: L1011

Sat Dec 05, 1998 10:23 am

Well, you just gave your age away! My flight was in the mid 60s (I was
very young at the time!) from London Gatwick to Kai Tak, Hong Kong.

I won't make things worse by mentioning when they went bankrupt.

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