has anyone put a turboprop engine in a warbird

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  1. mike siggins

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    I saw an article where they put turboprops in a c47 anyone else tried this
     
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    #2 johnbr, Jul 5, 2013
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    I a photo of a B-17 with 4 turboprops.
     

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    There was a P-51 ground attack version by Piper with a turboprop as well. But it was based on the Mustang and the project was well post-war. Canceled however.
     
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    Beech model 18 "Twin Beech" (C-45 Expeditor) had several turboprop conversions
     
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    That turboproped B-17 looksd like little bit Pe-8-ish with those 'Dart' style slender engines.
     
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    #7 GregP, Jul 5, 2013
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    Here's a pic of the Piper Enforcer, a turboprop P-51 Mustang derivative:

    02PiperPA48Enforcer.jpg

    That B-17 Dart conversion was wonderful to fly but didn't last very long before it smacked the ground fighting a fire. They used to zoom to altitude, shut down the two outboard turboprops and cruise home on the two inboard engines. I've read some astounding stories about the excess power that was available. It was built and flew out of Wenachee, WA.

    The pic of the single engine B-17 with a turboprop in the nose is a photoshop spoof. But they DID put a big turboprop in the nose of one while retaining the four piston engines.

    Here's a real rarity, a B-47 with turboprops on the two inboard engine pylons:

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    It apparently had astounding acceleration and would walk away from the pure jet B-47 until it reach top speed, at which time the all-jet B-47 would eventually catch up and pass it. Great climb, too.

    Here's a turboprop Gloster Meteor called the "Trent Meteor:"

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    There are more around. The Italians put a turboprop in a Cessna Bird Dog. There was a turboprop Douglas Shyraider.

    Here is a 3-turboprop DC-3:

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    While not a WW II aircraft I feel we cannot forget the XF-84H Thunderscreech.

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    One of the few aircraft capable of causing multiple causalities while merely testing it engine during a ground run up. Disrupting base communications and damaging delicate equipment over a wider area than a small bomb. :)
     
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    Sometimes called the loudest plane ever built ... but they never heard an F-105 on full afterburner. The 105 was probably louder but the frequency of the turboprop was probably less than 100 Hz and affected the body's organs adversely.

    Kind of like being at an NHRS drag race today in 2013 where the top fuelers make 8,500 HP and shake you completely through and through.
     
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    Love the pic of the Dornier not often you can say it but I think that improves on the looks of the original
     
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    Looks like the intake was around the spinner on the Piper Enforcer.
    In-ter-esting.......... is there a mod for a kit??????
     
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    The F-22 makes even the Thud sound quiet.. it drowns out an F-15 and F-4 on AB as well.

    Having said that, I believe the XF-84H to be the loudest aircraft/engine combo ever built in the US.
     
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