Requa Gibson Company, Fixed-Pitch, Two-Blade,Wood

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

Collection Item Summary:

In the United States, the Requa Gibson Company of New York City, led by Hugh C. Gibson, became the first American propeller manufacturer in 1909. The company began by crafting copies of Chauviére designs, but it then pioneered distinctively American designs by E.W. Bonson. The success of this pioneer propeller manufacturer was short-lived, as the company went bankrupt in 1911.

This artifact is from the collection of Mary E. "Mother" Tusch who, as a result of her motherly association with pilots who trained near her home at the U.S. School of Military Aeronautics at the campus of the University of California at Berkeley during World War I, became an avid supporter of aviation and aviators for much of the 20th century.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Designer

E. W. Bonson Co.

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Donated by Mrs. Mary E. "Mother" Tusch

Materials

  • Wood
  • Copper Alloy
  • Varnish

Dimensions

  • Rotor/Propeller: 205.7 x 21.6 x 13.3 x 10.8 x 1 x 3.5cm (81 x 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 3/8 x 1 3/8 in.)
  • 3-D: 205.7 x 20.6 x 10.8cm (81 x 8 1/8 x 4 1/4 in.)
  • Bolt Holes: 5

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

  • Type: Two-Blade, Fixed-Pitch, Wood
  • Diameter: 205.7 cm (81 in.)
  • Chord: 21.6 cm (8.5 in.)
  • Engine Application: Unknown

Type

PROPULSION-Propellers & Impellers

Inventory Number

A19711221000

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