Andy asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 1 month ago

Was there ever a turbo prop fighter plane?

Every fighter plane that I know had either a radial engine or a jet engine.

7 Answers

  • 2 weeks ago

    It appears not. The Embraer Super  Tucano is the closest thing to a turnoprop fighter of which I'm aware, and that's really a close-air support aircraft. Of course, they could conceivably be used as fighters by an extremely budget-minded air force.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Then you don't know may fighter planes. Spitfire, Hurricane, Mustang all didn't have radial or jet engines.

  • M.
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    There were V-12 reciprocating engines while there were radial reciprocating engines. 

    The turboprop fighters that come to mind started as HU-1, then was reclassified to UH-1.  Maybe you heard of them?  It had a turbine, it had rotating blades (rotor) and it was a gunship. 


  • 1 month ago

    It seems you do not know much about fighter aircraft as you think.

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  • 1 month ago

    No, and there is some logic to it. Turbojets came before practical turboprops, and since turboprops are more economical but slower, the priorities of performance meant that there wasn't much interest in having turboprop fighter--things could have been different if turboprops were developed before turbojets, although the performance limitation is in the propeller, not in what is making it spin. For the record, the first fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight was introduced in 1954 -- the F-100 Super Sabre, and could reach its Mach 1.4 speed only when using an afterburner, a device that is not compatible with a turboprop.

    Nevertheless, there was an attempt in 1955 at developing a variant of the F-84, the XF-84H, with a supersonic propeller (the tip of the propeller was going supersonic, even with the engine at idle -- the plane itself was never intended to fly faster than Mach 0.9). Only 2 were made, and they were so noisy, they actually made ground crew sick.

    But there are several military plane with turboprop engines, though they are not fighter as such -- not having the kind of performance that would allow them to keep pace with a jet powered adversary -- they would be ground attack and trainers.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Vickers Windsor

    Vickers Wellington

    Vickers Warwick

    Short C23 Sharpa


    et al.

  • 1 month ago

    The Super Tucano is the obvious one.  I'm sure there have been others.

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