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Greg Hood
09-10-2016, 07:29 PM

I have been loaned a propellor by av95 year old friend of mine, GA (Peter) Lloyd. He has asked me to help him restore it such that he can donate it to an organisation. It looks wooden but also appears to be a composite in places. The markings on the main plate are

228528 1
Pegasus II M2
D10.25 P8 90

The secondary plate states

SEP 1937

There are two small circular metal raised buttons - the left hand one seems to say


The writing on the right button is indistinguishable.

I'd be grateful for any information on this propellor or advice where I can gain further information.



09-10-2016, 09:32 PM
The closest match that might be related to that one is one listed on this chart (http://www.woodenpropeller.com/Britishprops.htm) which shows a 4 bladed prop and the 4th digit is a "9" instead of a "5", but the engine matches and the diameter and pitch are close, so it might have been designed to use on a Supermarine Walrus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarine_Walrus) with the Pegasus engine.

Does it look as if there might have been two other blades that were milled away? I've seen props that were cut down like that to be able to transport them. Also, could the "5" have actually been a "9"?

Greg Hood
09-11-2016, 07:31 AM
I have attached two photos of the plaques - the "5" is definitely a "5" - it's a two bladed prop but I haven't got the expertise to say whether it had two other blades milled away but it doesn't look like it.
Grateful for your response and any other thoughts you might have

09-11-2016, 08:38 AM
Just a guess, but I suspect that the "5" drawing number version is in fact a 2 bladed prop designed for the same aircraft, perhaps for testing purposes and never put into actual service. That might explain the slightly larger diameter and higher pitch marked on yours.

With the huge number of drawing numbers of various props, it's hard to dismiss the nearly exact match of numbers, engine, and approximate size.

Can you post a picture of the entire prop?

BTW, I wouldn't "restore" it in any way unless it's been refinished in the past, in which case it doesn't much matter, but if it's in its original condition it's VERY important to keep it that way.

Greg Hood
09-12-2016, 06:59 AM
Had to send the 4 photos individually as the forum didn't let me add all four at once

Greg Hood
09-12-2016, 07:01 AM
Photo 2/4 of the prop

Greg Hood
09-12-2016, 07:03 AM
Photo 3/4 of the orop

Greg Hood
09-12-2016, 07:05 AM
Photo 4/4 of the prop
Thanks for the advice about restoration - apart from wiping it down, we haven't done anything to the prop

09-12-2016, 07:14 PM
I'm wondering if it's half of a 4 blade combination. I'm not sure how much of that is original, and I haven't seen that structure before, but there are a number of 4 blade props that are made from 2 separate two blade props that either interlock or are just stacked one in front of the other. The relatively thin hub on yours suggest that, and perhaps the "+" shaped structure is designed to interlock.

Bob Gardner
09-14-2016, 03:07 PM

You are quite correct!

The prop is probably from a Supermarine Walrus which used two thin 2x blade props to make a four blade prop.

With kind regards,


09-14-2016, 03:23 PM
Bob, do you know the origin of the "5" instead of "9" in the drawing number?