Falcon Propeller, Fixed-Pitch, Two-Blade, Wood

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This artifact is a Falcon propeller, a product of the Jamestown Propeller Company, Jamestown, New York. It most likely was utilized by the Curtiss N-9H, a single-engine, two-seat, U.S.-built World War I naval trainer and bomber aircraft with a 112 kw (150-horsepower) Hispano-Suiza engine. It was a seaplane version of the famous Curtiss JN-4D trainer.

During World War I, 2,500 Navy pilots were trained on the N-9H. In addition to training a generation of Navy pilots, the N-9H was used to develop tactics for ship-borne aircraft operations in 1916 and 1917, using catapults mounted on armored cruisers. Following the war, the N-9H was used to demonstrate a compressed air turntable catapult and for aerial torpedo experiments. The N-9H was withdrawn from the U.S. Navy inventory in 1927 after ten years of exemplary service.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of Charles F. Hock. No Restrictions.

Materials

Laminated wood, Doped fabric, Solder, Brass, Paint, Museum Varnish, Original Varnish

Dimensions

  • 3-D (Propeller): 254 × 29.2 × 10.2cm, 14.5kg (8 ft. 4 in. × 11 1/2 in. × 4 in., 32lb.)
  • Storage (Aluminum Pallet): 301 × 123.2 × 83.8cm, 175.5kg (9 ft. 10 1/2 in. × 4 ft. 1/2 in. × 2 ft. 9 in., 387lb.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Date

1918

Physical Description

  • Type: Two-Blade, Fixed-Pitch, Wood
  • Engine Application: 112 kw (150-horsepower) Hispano-Suiza
  • Bolt Holes: 8

Type

PROPULSION-Propellers & Impellers

Inventory Number

A19620082000