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  •  BTW, one of the Russian turboprops (0+ / 0-)

    had two counter-rotating propellers on each of its four engines, as I recall.  I can't remember whether it was one of the Ilyushins or Tupolevs, though.  The IL-18 that I mentioned above was a real work horse.  It was really noisy inside, I remember, and rather reminiscent of a DC-6 at least externally, but it could be held together with baling wire, apparently.  (Some nice shots of them on Airliners.net, which I presume you're aware of)

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    by GulfExpat on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:02:54 PM PDT

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    •  The TU-95 and its variants (0+ / 0-)

      They still use them. It's one of the fastest propeller driven aircraft ever, also insanely loud.

      There was even an airliner version called a TU-114.

      The IL-18 is more conventional and somewhat resembles a Lockheed Electra.

      If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

      by Major Kong on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 11:29:51 AM PDT

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