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Peter Miller08/09/2014 11:41:40
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Yesterday just before we packed up I heard an unusual engine sound. Managed to get a picture of the aircraft which was at great height, The photo below is cropped right down.The engine sounded quite powerful.

It wasn't until I looked at the picture on the computer that I realised how unsual it is. Make a good rubber powered model!

wierd one

Kris S08/09/2014 11:58:49
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Looks like a turbo porter
Peter Miller08/09/2014 12:08:31
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Turbo Porters have parallel chord wings and tail.

Also this was no turbine but a piston engined job

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Edited By Peter Miller on 08/09/2014 12:09:32

Kris S08/09/2014 12:21:17
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Interesting.
I'm sure someone on the forum will recognise it eventually.
Phil Cooke08/09/2014 13:09:22
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Looks like a Pilatus PC-12 to me, so Kris - you got the right stable with the Turbo Porter! - and Peter - this is a turbo prop - you can see the turbine exhausts quite clearly in the photograph you took just behind the prop!

Heres a GA - is the T-tail any more evident in shots you took after it had passed over you?

**LINK**

will -008/09/2014 13:09:45
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Could be some form of cessna caravan, though it looks a little long in the nose.

FWIW it does seem that you can see the exhausts either sided of the nose which look quite turbopropy

Matt Jones08/09/2014 13:26:22
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PC-121?

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Peter Miller08/09/2014 18:35:58
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That is it. The strange thing is that it sounded like a noisy piston engine.

Thanks for that folks

Dave Hopkin08/09/2014 18:48:21
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Posted by Peter Miller on 08/09/2014 18:35:58:

That is it. The strange thing is that it sounded like a noisy piston engine.

Thanks for that folks

Is it?

No "nacelle" on the starboard wing, Stabiliser in the photo looks mush less swept than the diagram, wing tips dont seem to match either

Jamie sawyer08/09/2014 18:53:59
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Posted by Dave Hopkin on 08/09/2014 18:48:21:
Posted by Peter Miller on 08/09/2014 18:35:58:

That is it. The strange thing is that it sounded like a noisy piston engine.

Thanks for that folks

Is it?

No "nacelle" on the starboard wing, Stabiliser in the photo looks mush less swept than the diagram, wing tips dont seem to match either

I agree and in the photo it looks more like a high winged aircraft

Peter Miller08/09/2014 19:20:11
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I think that the "Nacelle" could be something fitted to some versions of the aircraft. Tips can vary between models. Those wheels do seem the give away thaat it is low wing.

I think that the white wings not extending into the fuselage make it look high wing.

Basically it is pretty distinctive and does seem to match pretty well.

John Privett08/09/2014 19:27:13
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Posted by Peter Miller on 08/09/2014 18:35:58:

The strange thing is that it sounded like a noisy piston engine.

Perhaps, as it was at high altitude, the higher frequency "turbine" sounds get attenuated more as the sound has a long way to travel and what you end up hearing is mostly prop noise? Just a thought!

Peter Miller08/09/2014 19:35:38
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IT was pretty high, That was shot on a 720 mm lens and the picture was cropped by a massive amount.

Just been searching, can't find one without the Nacelle on the tip.

Andy Ennis08/09/2014 19:45:35
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Could it have been an Extra 400 or 500?

John Privett08/09/2014 20:47:41
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Peter, if you know where and when it was (which I assume you do!) then try to do a "Playback" on flightradar24. Assuming the aircraft is ADSB-equipped, then it should show up there with all the details.

avtur08/09/2014 21:11:36
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Posted by Peter Miller on 08/09/2014 19:20:20:

... Those wheels do seem the give away thaat it is low wing....

They do rather, the Cessna Caravan has fixed u/c which wouldn't stand out like those in the picture.

Also the Caravan has a massive single exhaust on the starboard side, as opposed to the twin exhausts which appear in the picture.

Gavin Livsey08/09/2014 21:29:56
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Piper Malibu ?

Phil Cooke08/09/2014 22:43:49
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Yes!! I think Gavin has got it - the Turbine version of the Malibu. The small domed nacelle mid span on the stbd wing gives it away - good spotting!! thumbs up

Peter Miller09/09/2014 09:08:02
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It could be the Malibu Mirage.

The Turbo prop Meridian has a swept foreward leading edge at the wing root. The Migage does not seem to eb a trubo prop, I think I saw a mis titlede pivcture in Google Imagaes.

I am getting more confused,

Edited By Peter Miller on 09/09/2014 09:22:59

will -009/09/2014 09:40:47
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Peter, I think the Malibu is a good call. It could be the Jetprop conversion version which can start life as a normal Malibu and hence not have the wing fillets

 

 

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