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Robert Gardner 06-19-2008 02:36 PM

Gardner Propellers
My name is Robert Gardner. My Uncle Bill was William H. Gardner Jr and he manufactured Gardner Propellers in Forest Park IL. I would like to contact anyone who used or had knowledge of my Uncle. After WW2 he went out of business as the metal variable pitch prop took over the business.

Robert Gardner

MWP_Lamar 06-19-2008 08:39 PM

If you have anything written on the Gardner history, I'd love to get your permission to include it on my Gardner web page. Unfortunately, I have nothing to contribute.


Robert Gardner 06-19-2008 11:37 PM

My Uncle Bill Gardner was a very interesting man. He attended Dartmouth but never graduated. His interest in airplanes led him to design propellers. He opened a factory in Forest Park IL through the financing of his father who was a banker. My father was a lumberman and had his lumber company on the same property. I used to go down to the Propeller works and watch them build propellers. It had a wonderful smell of the glue room where they laminated the wood to make the propellers. He had two employees who were German and were expert craftsman in their trade. In WW2 he made club propellers for the air corps. After the war the propeller business started to fall apart due to the variable pitch props made of metal. He could not compete with them and moved his shop to Wisconsin and tried making golf club heads. This failed and he eventually got a job in Peoria IL as a draftsman. After he retired he moved to Springfield IL with his wife and became quite active in AA. He did a prison ministry for AA. Eventually his health failed and he passed away from heart failure.

I really wanted to know if there is anybody who used his product and if there are any of his props around.

MWP_Lamar 06-20-2008 11:03 AM

Based upon my experience, Gardner props are pretty rare. Over the years I've seen perhaps four for sale and three of those were on eBay.

May I use your dialogue above on my website? Thank you.


Robert Gardner 06-20-2008 11:15 AM

You may use my dialogue.

Robert Gardner

naucler 06-20-2008 11:29 AM

There is one Gardner Propeller for sale at:


listed as ANTIQUE PROPELLER * $1.750* FOR SALE OR TRADE ... (posted June 16, 2008)

Robert Gardner 06-20-2008 11:55 AM

I wish that I could buy it but right now the discretionary fund is low and the war department I'm afraid would not allow.
Thank you for that good information

Bob Gardner

Falcon Propellers 12-28-2008 07:01 PM

Gardner props are rare and bring decent money on ebay. Does you family still have the rights?


bobsouth 09-02-2009 12:17 PM

Gardner Prop
I have a Gardner Prop designed for the Kinner K5 engine. The serial number is 0001. Is there any way to trace this to the original owner?

teachshop 02-10-2012 06:44 AM

Gardner Propeller
I have a Gardner Propeller serial # 40158. Is it of any interest to anyone? My uncle gave to me as a kid. Boy was I excited. Unfortunately I never got the rest of the plane!

Joe G.

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