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Boyd
10-28-2015, 07:00 PM
Hello all,
I cleaned up my great uncles shed and found a really cool wooden propeller. It is 42 inches long and has a center hub hole with 6 bolt holes. It is marked US PROPELLERS INC 42 R61 X SER 24886. The hub has 15088-42 stamped with ink and the same number pressed into the wood. It is laminated with 4 layers and has red tips. I found some info but no ringer for it. Is this for a drone? rc plane? or something else. I can send pics if that would help. I would like to clean it and hang it but would love to know the history or value. I hung out with my uncle and he was a vet but no one has seen this before.
Thanks and neat site!
Boyd
Lafrogger@cox.net

Dbahnson
10-29-2015, 10:47 AM
That's almost certainly a drone propeller. "Drone" from that era more likely refers to a target drone, not the drones as commonly used today for surveillance or even weaponry.

Boyd
10-29-2015, 06:39 PM
Hello all,
I cleaned up my great uncles shed and found a really cool wooden propeller. It is 42 inches long and has a center hub hole with 6 bolt holes. It is marked US PROPELLERS INC 42 R61 X SER 24886. The hub has 15088-42 stamped with ink and the same number pressed into the wood. It is laminated with 4 layers and has red tips. I found some info but no ringer for it. Is this for a drone? rc plane? or something else. I can send pics if that would help. I would like to clean it and hang it but would love to know the history or value. I hung out with my uncle and he was a vet but no one has seen this before.
Thanks and neat site!
Boyd
Lafrogger@cox.net


here are some pics

Dbahnson
10-29-2015, 09:56 PM
Yeah, that looks like target drone prop. See this example. (http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/MuseumExhibits/FactSheets/Display/tabid/509/Article/198070/radioplane-oq-19d.aspx)

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yeRcGWrZZUM/UQGj35uMSgI/AAAAAAAAA6w/o9apcMD0RF0/s1600/Drone+1.jpg

Boyd
10-30-2015, 05:18 PM
Thanks any idea of what is worth? or a way to decipher by serial when it was made? again thanks

Dbahnson
10-30-2015, 06:01 PM
I'm not aware of any reliable method to date them, other than maybe 1940s or 50s? They show up on eBay fairly often (they're actually quite common, sold as surplus in the 50s/60s) and my recollection is that they mostly sold for around $100 or so.

Here's one (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beautiful-U-S-Propellers-42-inch-Wooden-Prop-Nicely-marked-Exc-Shape-/271987447919?hash=item3f53b7186f:g:kzcAAOSwEetV-L4c) that didn't get a bid at $165 earlier this month.