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 The N-9H was withdrawn from the U.S. Navy inventory in 1927 after ten years of exemplary service.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:
Restrictions & Rights
- 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.)
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- Type: Two-Blade, Fixed-Pitch, Wood
- Engine Application: 112 kw (150-horsepower) Hispano-Suiza
- Bolt Holes: 8