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Friday, March 3, 2017

Blast from the Past

Vickers V.745D Viscount, mid 1960's at Buffalo International Airport
First turboprop powered airliner (1948). Look at how long the engine nacelles are.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I loved this plane. When I was a kid in the 50's, the Viscount was the closest thing we had to a jet. My Dad worked for Trans Canada Air Lines (TCA, now Air Canada), and all my previous youth flights had been on the North Star (DC-4M), a very loud piston propeller plane. When the Viscount was adopted by TCA, my Dad called it feminine because it was much smoother and quieter; not a "man's" plane. I have no opinion on that; I just loved flying, anything. If you go to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, you can see a DC-7, which is like a slightly bigger DC-4. Here's a Wikipedia link to a TCA DC-4: http://tinyurl.com/hd2ayeu

Thanks for the memories, Chuck.
Chris Doutre

Chuck Pergiel said...

Glad you liked it. You'd think they could have at least put headers on the Merlins, you know, direct the exhaust away from the passenger cabin, but I suppose speed was the thing.