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All Propellers available some in stock and some made to order please email your requirements.

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Spitfire spinner back plate * (pg1 Prop)

This is a stunning piece 100% original spinner back plate for a four bladed propeller.

The four blades propeller was first used on the MK IX and was used on all other Merlin powered Spitfires up to the introduction of the griffon engine which had a five bladed prop.

 

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£800

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Junkers JU 88 Spinner (pg1 Prop)

Here is a spinner from a JU 88 in good original condition.

This a stunning piece and incredibly rare. The ID plate identifies this as a JU 88 Spinner.

The German part numbering system was superb and the Werk number actually identifies the specific aircraft this was fitted to. So far we have been unable to find the  aircraft but the information is there.

The Junkers Ju 88 was one of the most versatile and effective combat aircraft of World War II. Its closest counterparts on the Allied side were the Mosquito and Beaufighter.

The German aircraft was larger and slower, but nevertheless very effective. 14,676 were built, including a staggering 104 prototypes for its 60 different versions.

Like the Mosquito, the Ju 88 originated as a fast bomber. In 1935 the Luftwaffe had a requirement for a so-called Schnellbomber, which should have a speed of 500km/h with 800kg of bombs.

This was much faster than the biplane fighters that then equipped the German fighter units; it was even faster than the first models of the Bf 109 monoplane fighter.

 For this ambitious goal Henschel proposed the Hs 127, Messerschmitt the Bf 162, and Junkers submitted the designs Ju 85 and Ju 88. Later the Bf 162 achieved some fame when it appeared on German propaganda postcards, but this was disinformation, and the real winner was the Ju 88.

£1850

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Genet Major Propeller (pg1 prop)

This is a superb propeller made by us as a perfect copy of the original. Our method of construction clones these propellers from an original. It is made of Ash and European sustainable mahogany.  This propeller was almost entirely made by hand and take over 10 days to complete.

Although made to original specifications we cannot certify these for flying and if so used you would have to carry out the required checks to comply with the law.

The original dates from the 1930's and was used on the Armstrong Siddeley Genet Major  a British five-cylinder (later seven-cylinder), air-cooled, radial engine for aircraft, designed and built by Armstrong Siddeley and first run in 1928. It developed 140 horsepower (104 kW).

Used in a variety of 1930's aircraft including Avro's and Westland.

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£475

 


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WWI RFC Prop blades (pg1 prop)

Here are  original prop tips from WWI, the boss has been cut out probably to make up a display for a clock. Great display pieces. The second one available is an exact clone of the blade shown.

 

£100 each two available.

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Vickers Varsity four Blade Spinner (pg1 prop)

This is a massive spinner from a Vickers Varsity, its an imposing piece of History from one of the RAF's last piston powered aircraft.

The Varsity was a versatile twin piston-engine aircraft brought into RAF service in 1951 for crew training as a replacement for the Wellington T10.



The aircraft had been designed three years earlier in response to an Air Ministry specification and had been put into production once proving trials and operational tests had been completed. To adapt the successful Valetta design for a general purpose crew trainer, the Varsity was given a nose-wheel undercarriage and an under fuselage pannier bomb-aimerís station.

The most outstanding quality of the Varsity was that it could provide excellent training for pilots, flight engineers, radio operators, navigators and bomb aimers simultaneously. The latter were seated in a very large ventral gondola which contained bomb aiming equipment and a small quantity of training bombs.

The prototype Varsity T MkI made its maiden flight on 17 July 1949. The RAF took its first deliveries in October 1951 which went to No.201 Squadron, Advanced Flying School at Swinderby, Lincolnshire. Production of the Varsity T MkI for the RAF ceased on 28 February 1954 after a total of 163 had been built.

 

This aircraft was powered by two Bristol Hercules engine

£699

      




 

De Havilland Prop hub (pg1 prop)                 

Nice condition hub used on Mosquitoes and other De-Havilland aircraft.

£850

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Dowty Rotol pre selector (pg1 prop)

Here we have a Dowty Rotol Pre Selector

The Levers move and should be serviceable after required checks.

Type 768Y MK.R

R 634435

 CF 802Y

£125

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Watts Propeller (pg1 prop)

This is a Watts propeller. This type of propeller was used on very early Spitfire's the protype, Mk1 and Hurricane Mk1 in very limited numbers. They were soon replaced by the three bladed variable pitch props. I believe this type of prop was fitted to the late 1930s fighters such as the Gladiator. Hand made using traditional methods by our craftsman. They are marked correctly with period stamps. We only use good quality Ash and Mahogany. I do not like to call it a repro or copy as it does not do it justice and suggests they are somehow inferior to the ones produced in the early 1930s which it is not. It is made to original specs and identical in every way to the ones made 70 years ago, using the same labour intensive techniques. The laminate's are locked using dowels and traditional glue. It took our craftsman 10 days to make this awesome propeller. They are not massed produced. We have a large inventory of  Propeller's. We can produce props to your specification in materials and glue if you wish to get them approved for flying. This one is balanced but for sale as DISPLAY ONLY

£1500 Made to order

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Mk. XV Seafire

 

£1200

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Mk XV Seafire propeller Blade (pg1 prop)

Here we have a superb prop blade from a MK XV Seafire. This blade is in good condition and has been stripped back to bear wood and then primed and painted. It is a very collectable item and extremely rare to find one in this condition. It comes with its own purpose built stand made of brass and wood

The Seafire F. Mk XV, was powered by a Griffon VI single-stage supercharger, rated at 1,850 hp (1,379 kW) at 2,000 ft ) driving a 10 ft 5 in Rotol propeller. Designed in response to Specification N.4/43 this appeared to be a navalised Spitfire F MK XIII ; in reality the Mk XV was an amalgamation of a strengthened Seafire III airframe and wings with the wing fuel tanks, retractable tail wheel, larger elevators and broad-chord "pointed" rudder of the Spitfire VIII. In addition, the engine cowling was different to that of the Spitfire XII series, being secured with a larger number of fasteners and lacking the acorn shaped blister behind the spinner. The final 30 Mk XVs were built with the blown "teardrop" cockpit canopy and cut down rear fuselage introduced on the Spitfire Mk XVI. On the first 50 aircraft manufactured by Cunliffe-Owen a heavier, strengthened A-frame arrestor hook was fitted to cope with the greater weight, On subsequent Mk XVs a new form of "sting" type arrestor hook was used; this version was attached to the reinforced rudder post at the rear of the fuselage and was housed in a fairing below the base of the shortened rudder. A vee-shaped guard forward of the tail wheel prevented arrestor wires getting tangled up with the tail wheel.

 

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BF108/Nord1101 Metal Propeller (pg1 prop)

This Metal propeller was fitted to a Renault  6Q-10 Engine as Used in the Nord 1101

The Nord 1101 began its life as a development of the German Messerschmitt Bf-108, a four-seat, tail-wheel liaison and communication aircraft. Nord modified the design to a tricycle gear version and built two prototypes. After the war the original Argus inverted V-8 was replaced by a 6-cylinder inline Renault and was renamed Nord 1101. The parts handbook lists one third German Messerschmitt part numbers, one third French Nord while the remaining are French suppliers numbers. The Nord 1100 was a fine and fast machine, pleasantly light on the controls which were well matched, efficient and accurate. It was a pilots airplane, requiring permanent and precision flying.

The company produced the re-engined version with a Renault 6Q-10 engine as the Nord 1101. The 1101 was designated the Ramier by the French military, In English it was known as the Woodpigeon

 Two hundred and five were built for civil and French military use .

RAF Aldon impressed four Bf 108s on the outbreak of World War II and put into service, who designated them "Messerschmitt Aldon". It was the fastest light communications aircraft the RAF had then, but they were often mistaken for Bf 109s. Post-war, 15 more captured Bf 108s flew in RAF colours

 

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Nord 1101 Ramier

 

£800

This Propeller is very Heavy and will be sent at cost

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CSU Unit Standard DH Prop (cont pg3 SP)

This is a constant speed unit which controls the pitch of the prop. This particular model is in excellent serviceable condition subject to the required checks.

This unit is designed to operate the De Havilland standard prop. This Propeller was used in a variety of aircraft including the Mosquito.

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DH Australia Constant Speed Control Unit 2 (pg5 cont)

Here we have a Constant Speed Control Unit

This was Manufactured By DeHavilland Australia

Model: 4G10ADH46

Set to 475 PSI

An aircraft propeller operates as the source of thrust that moves the plane forward.

When an aircraft is stationary with the propeller spinning (in calm air), air flows past the narrow leading edge of the propeller. This is the most efficient configuration as the drag forces on the propeller are the lowest. As the airplane starts moving forward, the airflow begins to push against the front, wider cross section of the propeller, creating greater drag.

A constant-speed propeller is able to rotate along the longest axis of the blade to take a sharper bite of air with respect to the airplane, allowing the propeller to maintain the most efficient orientation to the airflow around it. This balances the trade off that fixed-pitch propellers must make between high take-off performance and high cruise performance.

A constant-speed unit (CSU) or propeller governor is the device fitted to one of these propellers to automatically change its pitch so as to attempt to keep engine speed constant.

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 Bristol Hercules Wellington Propeller Hub and Blades(pg1 prop)

Here we have an Complete Propeller and Hub for a Bristol Hercules Engine

The Part Number DB739 on the Propeller Blades Shows that it would have been used on the Bristol Hercules VI, IX, XVI and XVII engines that were used on the Wellington, Marks III, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV. It was also used on the Lancaster II fitted with the Hercules VI.

Wellington Mk. X

The Three Blades are in a good overall condition and do not have any crash damage. One of the Blades has a Bullet Hole which shows that the Aircraft Saw Action. This was Sourced from the Netherlands

The Hub could have been also used in other Aircraft Such as the Bristol Beaufighter, Short Stirling and the Handley Page Halifax

The Hub is in a Very Good Condition and could fly again subject to the Required Checks

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Propeller Pitch Unit

This is Very Heavy. Please Contact Us for a Shipping Quote Before Purchase

£7000

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De Havilland Propeller Mk II Spitfire P8208 303 Squadron (pg1 prop)  

This propeller blade is a quite remarkable piece.

Prop blades with provenance are really impossible to find in this condition. Most parts with provenance come from crashed aircraft and by their nature props rarely survive or are badly damaged.

This is an early metal blade from a De Havilland three bladed prop which was fitted to Mk II Spitfire P8208. It has a quite remarkable History.

There are no surviving images of P 8208 how ever this is how she would have looked during her service with 303 Squadron. The Mk II Cannon armed Spitfire shown below was in service with 303 at the same time as P8208

  Spitfire Mk II, P8385 IMPREGNABLE of F/O Feric, Northolt, May-July 1941. 

 

Mk II Spitfire P8208 was made as part of the first government contract of Spitfire's to leave Castle Bromwich.

After being issued to nos 12 maintenance unit on 26th March 1941 it joined the famous  303 Fighter Squadron on the 12th of May 1941.

Having obtained copies of the Operational record book of 303 Squadron P8208 flew numerous missions until crash landing at Martin Mill near Dover after an attack by four BF 109's on its return from a bomber escort mission to France. 

During it's time at RAF Northholt P8208 carried was marked as RF- F and flew mainly with A flight.

After it's crash landing it went to the Coastal artillery co operation on 24/12,41 after being repaired.

  It had another accident on the 2/1/42 and was in repairs at the Morris factory. On the 9/10/42 P8208 joined 52 OTU operational training unit.

P8208 finally fatally crashed into the River Severn on the 26/1/43 after colliding with another Spitfire P8207 during an air gunnery  training flight, killing its Pilot Canadian Sergeant Cadwell  shown under.

The wreck was initially discovered in 1983 and recovered some ten years later, the wreckage contained the original makers plate clearly identifying the aircraft.

 All three blades from this aircraft were purchased by my contact from the recovery team and its been in his possession until I purchased it.

 I understand the substantial wreckage is being restored into a Flying Spitfire

Two of the three blades were badly corroded and could not be restored how ever this blade under went some  intensive restoration.

When metal blades hit water they always bend, this blade had small grooves cut into its surface to allow it to be bent back into shape .

 It was then sent to a factory where it was straightened using an industrial hydraulic press.

The grooves were then filled in with weld sanded smooth and painted creating a straight blade that looks almost new with 100% provenance from an early Spitfire.

P8208 with 303 Squadron.

Spitfire P 8208 Was well received by 303 Squadron being one of their first Spitfires armed with 20mm cannon, details of the trouble they initially had with the cannons is documented in the ORB.

The Poles were keen to fight but the RAF would not at first let them fly operationally.

This was because few of the exiles spoke English and there was concern about their morale.

What the British did not yet realise was that many of the Poles were excellent pilots. Having come through the Polish and French Campaigns, they had more combat experience than most of their British comrades and they employed superior tactics.

As the Battle of Britain wore on, and the shortage of trained pilots became critical, the exiles were accepted into RAF Squadrons and two Polish fighter units, Nos. 302 and 303 Squadrons, were formed. Once committed to action, the Poles flew and fought superbly, shooting down 203 enemy aircraft for the loss of 29 pilots killed.

No. 303 Squadron became the most successful Fighter Command unit in the Battle, shooting down 126 German machines in only 42 days. Czech Sergeant Josef Frantisek, also of '303', was the top scoring pilot with 17 confirmed victories.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, who led Fighter Command, would later write:

"Had it not been for the magnificent material contributed by the Polish Squadrons and their unsurpassed gallantry, I hesitate to say that the outcome of the Battle would  have been the same."

Here are the Pilots of 303 Squadron who flew P 8208

     

From left to right Sgt Giermer Joined 303 Squadron in October 1940 survived the war and settled in England.

P/O Lipinaki Joined 303 Squadron June 1941 and was killed in action on May the 4th 1943

P/O Padarewaki Joined 303 Squadron March 1941 Killed in action on the 25th June 1941

P/O Wroblewski Joined 303 Squadron in April 1941 he flew P 8208 more than any other Pilot in 303 and was flying her on the day she was shot down. He was killed in action on the 25th March 1942.

P/O Zak Joined 303 Squadron in August 1940 he survived the war and settled in England. He was awarded the VM and DFC.

P/O Zumbach Joined 303 Squadron in July 1940 survived the War and settled in France he was awarded the VM and DFC. Zumbach  scored 8 victories, 1 probable and 1 damaged in the Battle of Britain and ended his career with 12 1/3 confirmed victories.

P8208 operational history with 303 Squadron.

16th May 1941 Convoy patrol

17th May 1941 A flight Altitude test  P/O Padarewaki  11.35 to 12.35

17th May 1941 P/O Wroblewski 15.30 to 16.25 Convoy patrol.

18th may 1941 P/O Padarewaki  14.30 to 14.55 A flight gunnery practice up again at 17.50 to 18.20

24th May 1941 Sgt Giermer 10.55 to 21.25 Operational flying A flight sortie to France.

28th May 1941 P/O Zumbach 19.35- 21.00 Operational flying A flight Patrol Maidstone.

1st June 1941 P/O Wroblewski 14.05 to 15.10 A Flight practice formation flying.

3rd of June 1941  P/O Wroblewski14.05 to 15.10 A flight practice formation flying.

7th June 1941  P/O Wroblewski 12.50 to 14.30 Operational flying patrol North Weald to Northholt .

P8208 flew four times this day.

11th June 1941 P/O Zak11.20 to 12.45 Operational flying A flight sector recon France.

11th June 1941  P/O Wroblewski 13.40 to 15.00 Operational flying patrol North Weald to Northholt, spere over France.

11th June 1941  P/O Wroblewski 19.35  to 21.00 Operational flying local patrol.

11th June  1941 P/O Padarewaki   22.50 to 23.50 Dusk and night time flying.

12th June  1941 P/O Padarewaki  16.30 to 16.55 A flight practice flying.

P8208 flew three times this day.

13th June 1941  P/O Wroblewski  06.40 to 08.30 Operational flying A flight Northholt to Farnborough Patrol Grinstead.

13th June 1941 P/O Lipinaki 11.50 to 13.55 Operational flying A flight Northholt to Farnborough Patrol Grinstead.

13th June 1941 P/O Padarewaki 22.30 to 24.00 Dusk and night flying.

P8208 final day with 303 Squadron.

14th June 1941 P/O Wroblewski  06.40 to 08.30 Operational flying Escort Bombers over France on their return P8208 was attacked by four BF 109's and crash landed at Martin Mill Near Dover.

A full certificate of authenticity will be supplied with this Prop blade detailing its restoration and provenance along with hard copies of 303 Squadrons record book covering the period that P8208 flew with them.

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Supermarine Spitfire Propeller Blade (pg1 prop)                 

Here we have a Supermarine Spitfire Propeller Blade from a Spitfire Mk.21

They are Original and still have the Gearing on the bottom of the Prop

The propeller used on the Mk.21 was a Rotol hydraulic, type R.14/5F5/2, with 5 wooden blades.

The Drawing Number for these Blades is RA.10129

With the Mk.21 the classification of Spitfire marks swapped from Roman to Arabic numerals. The wing of the Spitfire had changed very little during the aircraft's development. However, with the Mk 21 the elliptical wing gave way to a new one with blunted tips and changes to the flaps and ailerons. The wing was made even stronger and carried four 20mm cannon. The fuselage was redesigned and the whole airframe was heavier than previous Spitfires, meaning the undercarriage had to be made more robust. The wheels were now fully covered by undercarriage doors in flight (this had been a feature of Mitchell`s first prototype Spitfire and the prototype Mk III but was not adopted on any production Spitfire before the 21). The usual engine was a Griffon 61 or 64 with a five bladed prop, although a few were fitted with the Griffon 85 with six blades in two sets of three rotating in different directions (known as a contra-rotating propeller) to use fully the 2,375 hp of the Griffon. The Mk 21 kept the normal bulged cockpit. When first introduced the Mk 21 had bad control characteristics, these were cured by modifications to rudder and elevators. 122 were produced.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.21

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Original Watts MK I Hurricane propeller (pg1 prop)  

        

MK I Hurricane fitted with the Watts fixed pitch propeller.

This is a quite incredible find there are only a hand full of these left in existence and is the holly grail for Propeller or serious aviation collectors. This is the first original  we have ever seen at Spitfire Spares and its highly unlikely we will find another. We discovered this in a small Pub hanging on the wall and it had been there for over 40 years the Landlord who has been there all that time told us it was up there when he arrived. You can see it in its last resting place in the pictures shown left.

This type of Propeller which is s solid fixed pitch wooden prop was fitted to the very first prototype and operational Hurricanes and Spitfires using the Merlin II power plant. This particular prop was made specifically for the Hurricane, we can establish this from the serial number on the ID plate and the length of slightly over 11ft. Spitfires has shorter propellers at just over 10 Ft .  It is constructed of laminates of wood with a plywood cone formed around the hub which formed part of the spinner. Everything on this prop is 100% original. As you can see from the pictures there is some slight damage to the tips and it probably suffered this on landing causing it to be replaced. The plywood cone also has some damage but considering its over 75 years old its in remarkable condition. we have not cleaned it yet and it is covered in dust.

It is dated very accurately to the Month of July 1939 on the data plate two months before the start of WWII this would make it one of the last fixed pitch propellers ever fitted to the Hurricane, the last Hurricane fitted with this type of propeller was delivered to the RAF on the 6th October 1939. Hurricane  L 1980 was the first Hurricane to be fitted with the new  De Havilland three bladed variable pitch propeller.

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Although we cannot track its origin to a single aircraft Hawker produced between one and two Hurricanes a day and so between July and September a maximum of between 90 and 180 Hurricanes would have been fitted with this type of propeller. This is superb piece of History and extremely rare when the very first Hurricanes and Spitfires were introduced propeller technology had not  caught up with these advanced fighters, this was the last of the fixed wooden propellers ever to be used on an RAF front line Fighter aircraft.

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Picador  Propeller (pg1 prop)

This propeller was fitted to a Picador Drone: (ML Aviation U120D target aircraft into which the Picador engine was fitted, why the sea is full of Picador engines", it's because the radio control systems of the 1950s were very rudimentary, the range was limited, the telemetry was non-existent, and the operators inexperienced. If the aircraft went out of sight, behind a cloud, or had any problem, they lost control and the aircraft came down. It did have a parachute, but as it was or should have been over the sea, the plane was still lost.

This prop is in nice condition and would make a great display piece. The alloy nose cone can be easily removed if preferred. It is not a huge piece and measures 1.4m or 54" . Madeby the Airscrew company of Weybridge

 

 

I do not know if this is the aircraft this prop was fitted too but its the best picture I could find of an unmanned target drone

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