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.