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Originally posted by JamesBlonde
Beautiful pic of the EW Connie though. I love that aircraft
Along with many other firsts the world's first turboprop was a Meteor. EE227. one of the last production Mk I's served initially with 616 Squadron being retired from active service after 80 flight hours in favour of the newer Mk III's. Initially delivered to Farnborough in March 1945 it was allocated to Rolls Royce at Hucknell where its Derwent turbojets were replaced with Rolls Royce RB50 trent turboprops. Fitted with 7ft 11 inch Rotol propellors and reduction gear the combination produced 750 shp and 1,000 lbs of jet pipe thrust. Other modifications included a six inch undercarriage extension for better propellor clearance and ballast in place of its cannons. It first flew from Church Broughton on the 20th September 1945 with Eric Greenwood at the controls.
Originally posted by spursfan
# 2 Handley-Page HP81 Hermes 4 G-ALDM