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Old 05-29-2011, 04:26 PM   #31
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Thanks Anne,

The standard of the photograph that we have seen earlier on this forum is fine but I would need one showing the complete prop including all six tips and also close ups of the hub and any data thereon. I am quite happy to come and take these myself because I might discover something by looking at the prop and because I feel a touch ill at ease by intruding on you and your contact in Somerset.

I'd also quite like to meet you and see your photographs!

Oh! And an afternote; I forgot to mention that Comper Aircraft became the Heston company. The name and ownership changed but the assets including staff and buildings continued.

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Old 05-31-2011, 06:45 AM   #32
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Hi Thanks for your message. I am still waiting to hear if my friend will be able to fit the prop in his son's van! It is a difficult thing to move . As soon as I know for sure I will let you know. It seems to be taking a long time, sorry about that.
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Old 06-03-2011, 07:59 AM   #33
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Thank you Anne.

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Old 06-03-2011, 05:32 PM   #34
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With any luck and a following wind the prop will be with us on Wednesday, June 8th! Will let you know when it is safely here.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:32 AM   #35
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Thank you Anne. I look forward to seeing photos of the complete prop and of any data on the hub. I anticipate going to the South Coast this week so could call in and see you and the prop if I may?

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Old 06-04-2011, 01:44 PM   #36
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Yes that would be fine. Will give you details to find us when the prop is safely home!
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:24 PM   #37
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Hi, We have got the prop safely home today. It does have markings on the hub. They are G W &Co. No. 505 110HP Gyro. Is this of interest? I have also found some very interesting old photos which you may like to see but I stupidly left them behind! It has been a stressful day! However I am having them sent on to me by registered post but am not sure when they will arrive. I would be very pleased to see you if you still would like to see the prop and photos. I havn't been able to replace my camera yet so bring yours if you want to take pictures. Anne.
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Good Evening Anne,

Wonderful news. This will be one of the props that King George V was shown in December 1917. GW indicates Grahame-White. How marvellous that it has survived. I shall come and photograph it next week if I may? And your photographs. Could you let me know your address and phone number by email please.

110hp indicates the type of engine (a French rotary engine). I don't know what type of aircraft a gyro is but I'm sure some research will provide the answer. There was much experimentation with helicopters at this time, none of which worked.

Thank you for rescuing this historically important prop.

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Old 06-08-2011, 05:22 PM   #39
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A fascinating thread. Thanks to Bob and Ann for keeping us updated.

Looking forward to developments.
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A fascinating thread.
I agree. I too am looking forward to developments.
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