Date: 30 Oct 99 17:55:47 From: "P. Wezeman" <email@example.com> Organization: The University of Iowa Followups: 1 2 3 4
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When I first read about the 328JET in Aviation Week it seemed like something of a stop-gap, a minimal jet conversion of the 328 turboprop that could be ready quickly until a purpose-built jetliner of that size, which would be faster and have greater fuel efficiency, was available. Now I see that they are selling a lot of the planes. What do the customers like about them? How does the 328JET compare to other regional jetliners of the same size? The 328JET seems to be violating the unwritten rule that successful jet aircraft should be designed from scratch as jets. The only other propeller-to-jet conversion that reached production status that I know of was the Yak-15 fighter, and perhaps the Supermarine Attacker, which used the wing and landing gear from the Spiteful. Peter Wezeman, anti-social Darwinist "Carpe Cyprinidae"