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Old 04-24-2013, 06:46 AM   #11
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Thank you Bob for sheding some light on what this prop is. As ever, I am amazed at the wealth of information about the past that surfaces from your list's that you have compiled. That prop is a rare one indeed. I hope the current owner decides to just keep it and not convert into cash. Always a pleasure to learn something new.

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Old 04-24-2013, 07:08 AM   #12
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Hi Dennis,

It's only a tenuous hypothesis at the moment, that has yet to be proved. Firstly we need Doyle to confirm that six bolt holes filled with dowelling do exist

One line of research which someone might undertake is to look at early aviation in Texas. I think Glen Curtiss flew a pusher there. And that one of his pusher aircraft was flown in a Mexican revolution about that time? (I assume from my eurocentric point of view that Mexico and Texas have a common border?). If a Curtiss prop looks like this one, we are making progress.

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Old 04-24-2013, 09:10 AM   #13
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Here is the hub,,, I will get some more pics,,,,Your responses are so appreciated and have me excited,,, I have had this prop for almost 30 years,,

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:03 AM   #14
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Default Huge wooden prop.,,, from Texas

Hey guys thanks for all the feed back,, let me tell u a little history how I came to have said prop,,, I worked at Browning Aerial Service in Austin Texas,,, I was just a mechanic helper and was told to clean out one of the old quonset hut hangars,,,and was told to throw everything away that was in it,,when I cut the lock and walked in I felt like Indiana Jones walking into a pharaohs tomb,, there sat a Piper cub with the fabric rotted off,,an old Navy trainer Stearman with the fabric rotted off,,it was a graveyard of plane parts,,, I knew enough to know that I was not going to throw the props away,,,during my cleanup they moved me to refueling and relieved me from my cleanup so I never knew what happened to the rest of the stuff

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Old 04-24-2013, 10:10 AM   #15
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Doyle,

Can you see the remains of six bolt holes filled with dowelling? The most obvious is the white mark.

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Old 04-24-2013, 11:27 AM   #16
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Okay here is another pic,, i saw the spot that might look like a dowel that has been filled but got my fingernail underneath and it popped off like a spot of sap or glue,,the hub shows to have had some sort of flange or big washer around it or round plate,,
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:07 PM   #17
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Hi,

Perhaps there is something written, using dry point (not sure of the English word: kind of sharp metal stylus). If true, it could be very interesting because it seems written before varnishing (at least the today varnish).
Please, post a very clear and large close up of this place (and of the shielding showing close up of two or three rivets).

Could you confirm the central hole is larger on one side? And give the exact size(s) of the hole(s) and of the whole propeller also?

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Old 04-25-2013, 10:54 AM   #18
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Okay just woke up,, I will get right on this and get the inches of the hole and the prop

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Hi Doyle,

I still think I might be able to see filled bolt holes in a pattern of six, but they may well just be smudges on the wood. See the yellow arrows below. Is anything there in real life?

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Old 04-26-2013, 11:17 AM   #20
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And by the way, your prop was flown quite a lot, as evinced by the ovality in the bolt holes.

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