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Old 09-09-2018, 09:56 AM   #1
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Default Vintage Intergral Propeller

Hi. I'm new to this forum and hoping someone could assist me? I've done some homework on this propeller, which was given to my family - supposedly by the Red Baron.
From the fairly basic information I have found (which took me from one thread to another slowly piecing the history together), these are (I think)the important "specs":
1. Propeller material - laminated (?) - looks like solid wooden sections compressed (?) The wood is covered in a seemingly dark canvass.
2. Propeller span = 2700mm (there might be some little bits sheared off the "tips")
3. Inscription on hub:
INTEGRAL PROPELLER
DRP
N 2620
D 270
S 152
100PS (inscription next to it ..(illegible).... 6 CYL
LVG DOPPEL DECKER
Under the hub:
STAND
1230
I have pictures I could add if need be?
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:06 AM   #2
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Please add the photos, including the stamped numbers/letters. If you need help let me know and I'll have you email them to me.

I'd be very skeptical about the Red Baron link, unless there was clear documentation that it was true.
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Old 09-09-2018, 02:53 PM   #3
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Good Evening C

Welcome to the forum.

The data on your propeller dates it to c1913-1915. The data translates as:

INTEGRAL PROPELLER The German subsidiary of the French Propeller Company. It operated under licence from c1913 to August 1914 when it was nationalised by the German government and in 1915 renamed as the Imperial Propeller Company.

DRP The pre-WW1 Deutches Reichspatent

N 2620 The Integral serial number

D 270 The diameter in cm

S 152 The pitch in cm

100PS 6 Zylinder Mercedes The original 4 Cylinder Mercedes engine was stretched to 6 Cylinders about 1914 which gave 100 pferdestarke, about 100 HP, although German horsepower is slightly less than British HP by about 1.50%

LVG DOPPELDECKER B-1 The aircraft maker; the Luft-Verkehers-Gesellschaft mbH. The Albatros B-1 and B-2 also used this engine, both mostly as trainers.

STAND 1230 An abbreviation for Stranddrehzahl an engine test speed which the propeller had to achieve on test, here 1230rpm.

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Old 09-09-2018, 03:28 PM   #4
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C,

The family history that MvR gave this prop to a member of your family is unlikely to be true. For two decades or so I bought and sold WW1 aircraft props and became accustomed to similar stories. I have heard many variations on the theme. Typical examples are; grandfather flew Spitfires during WW2 and this prop came from one of those. This about a Tiger Moth prop. There was never any attempt to deceive me. When I explained what the prop was the family were astonished.

Similar occurrences were frequent. I concluded that young children did not listen to their elderly kith and kin.

On a more practical level, how did MvR have an LVG prop? How did he come by it? And your relative having received it, how would he carry it to his PoW camp? And eventually back to Blighty?

It is possible that these things came to pass, but more likely that it was taken home as war booty by an aviator or bought from war surplus stocks in the years after the armistice.

I'm sorry to be a Sour-Puss!

With kind regards,

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Old 09-09-2018, 07:29 PM   #5
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There is a theory that if all of the fabric that was claimed to have been from the Red Baron's Fokker was assembled together it would be enough to cover several dozen airplanes.
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Old 09-10-2018, 03:16 AM   #6
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Good morning
After some attempts, I am seemingly unable to attach the pics... Could you perhaps forward me your e-mail address?
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Old 09-10-2018, 08:25 AM   #7
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Try dbahnson at gmail dot com. I'll process them from here.
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Sent images to e-mail address. Many thanks again!
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Old 09-11-2018, 07:27 AM   #9
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Old 09-11-2018, 10:01 AM   #10
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C,

What a wonderful propeller! It was made to the pre-WW1 Integrale shape where the trailing edge of both blades describe a straight line through the hub, a characteristic of the designs of the founder of the Integrale Company, Lucien Chauvière.

I attach below a close up of an Integrale decal of similar design to yours. The centre of the decal has a bird's wing, surrounded by the letter C for Chauvière. There is a witty French pun lurking here. The letter C written in this form is also the mathematic symbol of the integral function used in calculus. The French for wing is aile, which when pronounced in French, sounds the same as the letter L, the initial of Chauvière's first name Lucien.

Therefore the simple letter C surrounding the wing conveys several things; the initials of Lucien Chauvière, the name of his company Integrale, his scientific approach to propeller design and propelled flight.

I believe Pierre-Michel Decombeix told me about this delightful pun several years ago. I smile inwardly every time I see this form of Chauviere's trade mark.

With kind regards,

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