My morning walk takes me past Hillsboro Airport, Portland, Oregon (HIO), and today I saw a rather strange plane landing. It was a small commuter-size plane (6 passenger windows on each side), with a single surprisingly large propeller on the nose. While landing it sounded much more like a jet than a prop. The tail was "T" shaped and I thought I saw a jet exhaust at the back of the fuselage.

Was I imagining this, or does such a craft exist?

Sorry I didn't get a picture.

  • $\begingroup$ I edited to include the name of the airport. Of course, the IATA code uniquely identifies it but nobody outside the immediate area is going to know the IATA code of some small municipal airport. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 15, 2016 at 11:32

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Sounds like a Pilatus PC-12 to me.

Chris Finney - Gallery page http://www.airliners.net/photo/Royal-Flying-Doctor/Pilatus-PC-12-45/0636290/L Photo http://cdn-www.airliners.net/aviation-photos/photos/0/9/2/0636290.jpg Originally found on wikipedia page as linked. image source: Wikipedia, photographer: Chris Finney

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    $\begingroup$ That's definitely it, thanks. I guess I imagined the exhaust at the back since the turbine exhausts seem to be at the front behind the propeller. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 3, 2016 at 22:03
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    $\begingroup$ What is the small pod at the right wing tip? $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 7:48
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    $\begingroup$ @mins that is the weather radar. $\endgroup$
    – DeltaLima
    Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 7:52
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    $\begingroup$ @kebs No, it had more windows and the tail was definitely a "T" shape. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 15:22
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    $\begingroup$ @DeltaLima Done - its in the review queue now. $\endgroup$
    – Criggie
    Commented Oct 15, 2016 at 6:00

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