Fairchild-Dornier 328JET Selling Points

Date:         30 Oct 99 17:55:47 
From:         "P. Wezeman" <pwezeman@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu>
Organization: The University of Iowa
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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"