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Spitfire Mk.V Propeller Blade

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#1 teamski

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 08:04 AM

A fellow member posted his Bf 109 control handle reminded me that I wanted to post this.  I picked this up in the UK at an aviation flea market at the Rougham Tower Day back in the 1990's.  The guy had two of these tied up to a tree and I wanted one really bad.   The story: they were supposedly found up in Boston Lincs in a barn where a Whitley bomber crash landed and the blades were left in the field where the farmer stored them.  I bought one and I regret not getting the other as they were from the same plane.  I was only a SSgt at the time and I was fortunate to get that, having a wife and kid in tow!  Money was skint!  Over the years, would look up the Whitley bomber and while the same type of Jablo cuffed blades were used, they were way bigger.  I found some tech data from Jablo and everything started to come together that this was off of a Spitfire MkV.  It was the only aircraft and the only mark of Spitfire that used these particular blades.  All the better right?  The blade is heavy as it still has its base and hub link (hidden by the base).  I love it.  Not bad for $150!



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Edited by teamski, 03 February 2019 - 08:08 AM.

#2 stratasfan

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 08:35 AM

What a super cool find! An aviation flea market? Was it all plane stuff? Wish I could find somewhere in the US where you can find some load adjusters! :) Your prop is amazing and being a Spitfire prop is super cool! Bet you are thrilled you got that one! Boy . . . must have been a bear to carry at a flea market! ;)


Thanks for sharing such a cool item and story!

#3 The Meatcan

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 10:52 AM

Very cool piece of history Ski.
Definitely an unusual item!

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 09:26 AM

thats outstanding and I'm sure a brilliant mantle side piece

are there any markings on it at all?

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 12:57 PM

Mad props for a great piece.  But you are making me sick.  About 35 years ago I found a Betty bomber prop in an antique shop.  They wanted $125 for it which I just didn't have at the time.  Should have sold a kidney or something.  Congrats on yours!



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Posted 04 February 2019 - 05:04 PM

From the owner of the Bf 109 joy stick previously mentioned let me say that your prop is way cool. In fact it would look great next to the stick! How about $160 including shipping? You did great, extremely nice collectible there. Thanks for sharing. Kevin

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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:01 PM

thats outstanding and I'm sure a brilliant mantle side piece

are there any markings on it at all?



Thanks!  The only markings are the serial number.  On RAF blades the serial number of the blade is in the middle while the other two identify the other blades on the propeller assembly since they are balanced together.  I really wish I had gotten the other blade as its serial number would one of the other numbers.....



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#8 bobgee



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Posted 04 February 2019 - 08:05 PM

Great prop, Ski. 

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