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The contra-roating propeller arrangement offers enhanced performance - and has been an aviation fixture for decades.

The contra-rotating propeller arrangement in aircraft utilizes a pair of multi-bladed propeller units ('airscrews') to achieve enhanced performance figures. The arrangement typically sees one unit seated aft of the other and each driving their respective blades in opposing directions, canceling out the inherent effects of torque witnessed when driving just a single propeller unit. A gearbox drives the pair with power supplied from a single (or multiple) engine setup depending on the design. Contra-rotating propellers also have the added benefit of seeing no rotatonal air flow as all of the air is cast through the propeller 'disk' assemblies - producing less energy waste than what is seen in conventional single-screw designs. For these reasons, the arrangement has been a constant fixture in military aircraft developments - both operational and developmental. Modern incarnations exist in the Tu-95/Tu-142 'Bear' strategic long-range bombers deployed by Russia.

There are a total of [ 42 ] Contra-Rotating Propeller Driven Aircraft entries in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.
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1
Picture of the Arado Ar E.500
National Flag Graphic
1936
Arado Ar E.500
Twin-Engine Heavy Fighter Aircraft Proposal
2
Picture of the Arsenal VB-10
National Flag Graphic
1946
Arsenal VB-10
Prototype Heavy Fighter / Interceptor Aircraft
3
Picture of the Bell Model 22
National Flag Graphic
1941
Bell Model 22
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Carrierborne Fighter Proposal
4
Picture of the Bell XP-59 (Model 20)
National Flag Graphic
1943
Bell XP-59 (Model 20)
Twin-Boom Fighter Proposal
5
Picture of the Blackburn B.44
National Flag Graphic
1942
Blackburn B.44
Floatplane Fighter Prototype
6
Picture of the Blohm and Voss Bv P.163
National Flag Graphic
1941
Blohm and Voss Bv P.163
Asymmetric Bomber Aircraft Proposal
7
Picture of the Boeing Model 386
National Flag Graphic
1943
Boeing Model 386
Carrierborne Medium-Altitude Fighter Aircraft Proposal
8
Picture of the Boeing Model 387
National Flag Graphic
1943
Boeing Model 387
Carrierborne High-Altitude Fighter Proposal
9
Picture of the Boeing Model 398
National Flag Graphic
1943
Boeing Model 398
Carrierbased Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft Proposal
10
Picture of the Boeing XB-55
National Flag Graphic
1947
Boeing XB-55
Strategic Bomber Proposal
11
Picture of the Boeing XF8B
National Flag Graphic
1944
Boeing XF8B
Carrier-Based Long-Range Fighter Prototype
12
Picture of the CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
National Flag Graphic
1979
CHDB A-90 Orlyonok (Eaglet) (Ekranoplan)
Ground Effect Flying Boat / Transport Aircraft
13
Picture of the CONVAIR XFY Pogo
National Flag Graphic
1954
CONVAIR XFY Pogo
Experimental Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Fighter Prototype
14
Picture of the Curtiss XBTC (Model 96)
National Flag Graphic
1945
Curtiss XBTC (Model 96)
Carrierborne Torpedo / Dive Bomber Prototype
15
Picture of the Curtiss-Wright P-241
National Flag Graphic
1939
Curtiss-Wright P-241
Attack Aircraft / Light Bomber Proposal
16
Picture of the Dornier Do P.252
National Flag Graphic
1946
Dornier Do P.252
Night-Fighter / Heavy Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Proposal
17
Picture of the Douglas A2D Skyshark
National Flag Graphic
1954
Douglas A2D Skyshark
Prototype Carried-Based Attack Aircraft
18
Picture of the Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster
National Flag Graphic
1944
Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster
Experimental Pusher Bomber Aircraft
19
Picture of the Fisher XP-75 / P-75 Eagle
National Flag Graphic
1943
Fisher XP-75 / P-75 Eagle
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Interceptor Prototype
20
Picture of the Focke-Wulf Fw BMW803
National Flag Graphic
1943
Focke-Wulf Fw BMW803
Twin-Boom Pusher Fighter Concept
21
Picture of the Folland Fo.117
National Flag Graphic
1943
Folland Fo.117
Single-Seat Lightweight Monoplane Fighter Aircraft Proposal
22
Picture of the Heinkel He P.1076
National Flag Graphic
1945
Heinkel He P.1076
High-Altitude Fighter Aircraft Concept
23
Picture of the Heinkel Lerche (Lark)
National Flag Graphic
1944
Heinkel Lerche (Lark)
Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Fighter / Interceptor
24
Picture of the Kaiser-Fleetwings Model 47 (Squirt)
National Flag Graphic
1944
Kaiser-Fleetwings Model 47 (Squirt)
Carrierborne Mixed-Propulsion Attack Aircraft Proposal
25
Picture of the Kamov Ka-175
National Flag Graphic
2016
Kamov Ka-175
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Helicopter
26
Picture of the Lockheed XFV (Salmon)
National Flag Graphic
1954
Lockheed XFV (Salmon)
Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Navy Fighter Aircraft Prototype
27
Picture of the Martin Model 194
National Flag Graphic
1943
Martin Model 194
Four-Engined, Long-Range Heavy Bomber Proposal
28
Picture of the Martin Model 201
National Flag Graphic
1943
Martin Model 201
Tactical Attack Aircraft Proposal
29
Picture of the Martin Model 210
National Flag Graphic
1943
Martin Model 210
Carrierborne Single-Seat, Twin-Engine Attack Aircraft Proposal
30
Picture of the Martin-Baker MB.5
National Flag Graphic
1944
Martin-Baker MB.5
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter Prototype
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31
Picture of the Nakajima AT27
National Flag Graphic
1942
Nakajima AT27
Single-Seat, Twin-Engine Fighter Concept
32
Picture of the Nakajima G10N Fugaku (Mount Fuji)
National Flag Graphic
1944
Nakajima G10N Fugaku (Mount Fuji)
Very-Long-Range Heavy Bomber Proposal
33
Picture of the Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
National Flag Graphic
1946
Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
Flying Wing Strategic Bomber Prototype
34
Picture of the Sud-Ouest / SNCASE SE 580
National Flag Graphic
1946
Sud-Ouest / SNCASE SE 580
Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Prototype Aircraft
35
Picture of the Sud-Ouest SO 8000 Narval
National Flag Graphic
1949
Sud-Ouest SO 8000 Narval
Carrier-based Strike Fighter Prototype Aircraft
36
Picture of the Supermarine Seafang
National Flag Graphic
1946
Supermarine Seafang
Naval Fighter Prototype Aircraft
37
Picture of the Supermarine Spiteful
National Flag Graphic
1944
Supermarine Spiteful
Single-Seat, Single-Engine Fighter Prototype Aircraft
38
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-114 (Cleat)
National Flag Graphic
1961
Tupolev Tu-114 (Cleat)
Passenger Airliner Aircraft
39
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-126 (Moss)
National Flag Graphic
1965
Tupolev Tu-126 (Moss)
Airborne Early Warning Aircraft
40
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear)
National Flag Graphic
1972
Tupolev Tu-142 (Bear)
Long-Range Anti-Submarine Warfare Bomber
41
Picture of the Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear)
National Flag Graphic
1956
Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear)
Strategic Reconnaissance / Heavy Bomber Aircraft
42
Picture of the Westland Wyvern
National Flag Graphic
1953
Westland Wyvern
Carrierborne Strike Fighter Aircraft

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