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Old 08-01-2008, 04:03 PM   #11
Bob Gardner
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I agree about the wooden hulls of flying boats. There is one at the RAF Museum which is absolutely gorgeous. I feel the same about wooden props. I suspect that my interest is in beautiful wooden artefacts which were built for some functional purpose and almost by accident turned out to be elegant.

An afterthought about your prop. Pusher props and seaplane props almost always had brass cladding to protect the tip and leading edge from FOD and seawater, and of course the pilot's maps and pencils, and the navigator if things got really bad! Neither of these props have any brasswork and as a generalisation this makes it very likely that yours is not from a seaplane or flying boat.

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Bob Gardner
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