This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Collection Item Summary:
James Lee Simmons began designing, experimenting, and making propellers first at his Washington Aeroplane Company factory located on Water Street in the southwestern area of the district during the 1909-1910 period. This artifact is of a very early vintage, and is fitted with a sprocket attachment for a chain drive. By 1913, the company also manufactured a line of "Columbia" monoplanes, biplanes, and flying boats based on European and American designs.
Like other early aircraft manufacturers, Simmons also fabricated Wright-type propellers for $100 (closer to $2,000 in modern currency) a pair, as well as variations of Chauviére and other French designers in two-, three-, and four-blade configurations.
Collection Item Long Description:
Restrictions & Rights
- 3-D: 13.2kg (29lb.)
- Rotor/Propeller: 243.8 × 15.2cm, 13.2kg (8 ft. × 6 in., 29lb.)
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Country of Origin
- Type: Two-Blade, Fixed-Pitch, Wood
- Diameter: 244 cm (96 in.)
- Chord: 25.4 cm (10 in.)
- Engine Application: Unknown