This Day in Aviation History
August 20th, 1986
The first propfan engine, a General Electric GE36, takes its first test flight on a Boeing 727.
Wikipedia, General Electric GE36: http://bit.ly/1qq5T3w
Wikipedia, Propfan: http://bit.ly/1kUXSai
YouTube, GE Aviation – Aircraft Engine History and Technology | Jet
Engine (GE36): http://bit.ly/1tlFFmG
YouTube, Ultra High Bypass Jet Engine Green Technology Airline Flight Test: http://bit.ly/YzzqRW
YouTube, Unducted Fan MD81 – SBAC Farnborough – 4 September 1988: http://bit.ly/1uWETiY
Smithsonian Air & Space, The Short, Happy Life of the Prop-fan: http://bit.ly/1pMXmLp
In researching today’s post; I perceive there is some confusion as to what aircraft type the GE36 first flew on. I believe it was originally tested on the Boeing 727 and later on the DC-9/MD-81 as it is written in the Smithsonian article. Some sources alluded that the DC-9 was the original test aircraft.
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