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Old 06-07-2019, 12:26 PM   #1
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Default Curtiss SE5 Propeller?

I've recently acquired this antique propeller. The man I bought it from said it was from WWI and had come through his family from a grandfather who used to work at a small airstrip.

From my research, I've come to believe it's from a Curtiss SE5. This is based on the picture on this link: http://woodenpropeller.com/SE_5A.html

All the details are identical from what I can tell, down to the look of the patina. Mine is 92" long. There are no visible dings or scratches, it appears the underlying wood and metal are in perfect condition.

Mine has the original cork in the bolt holes, which I believe means it was never used.

I'm new to this and would really appreciate some wisdom here, including a possible value for this. THANKS!!

Here are some pics of mine:







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Old 06-08-2019, 12:37 PM   #2
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Hi there, your photos haven't worked.

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Old 06-09-2019, 12:00 PM   #3
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I don't understand your expression 'a Curtiss SE5'. I don't know of any relationship between Curtiss, an American company, and the SE5 designed by Folland, Kenworthy and Major Gooden of the British Royal Aircraft Factory.

It is possible that Great Britain gave an SE5A to the US Army circa 1917 to try out, but I am not aware of the US Army buying any.

The photograph might originate from Dave Bahnson, who may be able to offer come elucidation?

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Old 06-09-2019, 05:24 PM   #4
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I don't understand your expression 'a Curtiss SE5'. I don't know of any relationship between Curtiss, an American company, and the SE5 designed by Folland, Kenworthy and Major Gooden of the British Royal Aircraft Factory.

It is possible that Great Britain gave an SE5A to the US Army circa 1917 to try out, but I am not aware of the US Army buying any.

The photograph might originate from Dave Bahnson, who may be able to offer come elucidation?

With kind regards,

Bob
I think your bolded statement is the explanation. The prop that I owned years ago was stamped "Plane SE5" but had a Curtiss decal on the blade and also had an "SC" number, typically indicating "Signal Corps". So I think that it is a Curtiss manufactured propeller designed to be used on a British SE5 by the Signal Corps, but I have no idea how they may have acquired an SE5.

I do believe that there were a number of European aircraft present at McCook Field near the end of WW1, perhaps for training or possibly research and development.
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