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  •  I didn't see the four engine part until I'd hit (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, xaxnar, NYFM

    the post button.

    The only four engine prop driven military plane I can find is the C-130 Hercules.

     photo 300px-Lockheed_C-130_Hercules_zps7cf637bb.jpg

    I've had beaucoup rides in the Hercs. I have 200 more take off than landings, in fact. Mostly from Pope AFB to the LZs of Ft Bragg, NC.

    I wouldn't say they are quite, tho. It may have been down wind from you. That'd help a little.

    What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

    by Gordon20024 on Tue Jan 07, 2014 at 02:49:45 PM PST

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    •  Navy P-3 Orion? (2+ / 0-)
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      PrahaPartizan, Farugia

      They're pretty distinctive, with a bulbous pod for a tail. Common in CA in the bay area when I was a child; based out of Moffet field (closed now, I think), IIRC.

      Subhunters, so likely there were some down in southern CA as well. They often run on two engines, and they can loiter a long time.

      Google images has lots of pictures if you use 'p-3 orion'.

    •  There have been a LOT of four-engined military.. (1+ / 0-)
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      'prop' aircraft in the past (some piston-engines, of course),

      and there will be some in the future, too! Note the scimitar-like prop blades (rather like those on the UDF jet engines) on this Airbus A400M.

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 03:49:34 AM PST

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    •  lol Ok, not quite THAT big. I'd have recognised (0+ / 0-)

      a C-130.

      I had a 5 ac parcel and it wasn't quite within the boundaries, but it wasn't far outside it, and not more than 200 feet up, so it would have been scary close had it seemed uncontrolled, but they were obviously training for something and doing what they intended to.

      It was eerie quiet, I thought maybe they were testing some sort of hush kit or new prop design for stealth mode. Whatever they were doing, it was very effective.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
      ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

      by FarWestGirl on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 09:28:42 AM PST

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