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This Month in NASA History: Advanced Turboprop Project

Vol. 5, Issue 12

Twenty-five years ago, an old technology project earned Lewis Research Center the Collier Trophy.

The energy crisis in the early 1970s served as the impetus for a generation of fuel-efficient mechanisms, especially in the field of aeronautics. NASA answered this call by initiating several research programs, one of which was the Advanced Turboprop Project at the then-Lewis Research Center.

Described as “conceptually radical and technically challenging,” the project inspired a second look at a technology considered inferior to the popular jet-powered aircraft and eventually won the Collier Trophy in 1987.

Flip through the slideshow below to learn more about the Advanced Turboprop Project story.

Read more about the history of NASA’s Advanced Turboprop Project.


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