Business: The In-Between

United Aircraft's Pratt & Whitney division announced last week that it was ready to start commercial sales of its T-34 turboprop engine, the most powerful on the market. Up to now, the T-34 has been available only to the armed forces, which are installing it in an Air Force Douglas Globemaster and in two Navy Lockheed Super Constellations. The T-34 will develop 5,600 h.p., delivering 90% of it to a propeller and the remaining 10% to a jet thrust. Though turboprop planes are slower than pure jets, they are more efficient at take offs and low speeds, use far less fuel.


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