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 The N-9H was withdrawn from the U.S. Navy inventory in 1927 after ten years of exemplary service.