Ehrich, Fredric F. Aircraft Engine Business Group, General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachusetts.
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A gas turbine power plant producing shaft power to drive a propeller or propellers for aircraft propulsion. Because of its high propulsive efficiency at low flight speeds, it is the power plant of choice for short-haul and low-speed transport aircraft where the flight speeds do not exceed Mach 0.5–0.6. Developments in high-speed, highly loaded propellers have extended the range of propellers to flight speeds up to Mach 0.8–0.9, and there are prospects of these extremely efficient prop-fans assuming a much larger role in powering high-speed transport aircraft. See also: Gas turbine
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