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01-30-2017, 05:18 PM
Hello Everyone

I'm new to the forum, and was directed here being told that this was a great place to have this propeller identified.

This belonged to my grandfather and had a clock installed in it.
Limited numbers stamped on the hub, but hope something will help.

Numbers on hub (see picture also);

111 inches long
Hub is 5 1/2 inches thick
8 layers of wood
8 lug holes
3 inch center hole for shaft
9 1/2 inches wide at widest part
metal is 24 1/2 inches each end front and back


01-31-2017, 08:52 AM
Well, I have to say that this RARELY happens, but that number appears on an obscure list I have from McCook Field in 1921 listing various propellers used in the U.S. There were a number of foreign aircraft shipped to the U.S. and flown at McCook field after WW1. See the attached list. About halfway down you'll see the drawing number "X15665" listed for a Fokker DVII with the Mercedes engine, and I think the length of yours also matches.

The stampings are not typical of German stampings and it's almost certain that your propeller was manufactured in the U.S. for use on a German aircraft flown here after the war. It almost certainly has been refinished at some point, based on the surface appearance in the photos.

01-31-2017, 01:10 PM
Wow. Good find. Thanks for looking that up.
Now that you mention it, I think I remember my grandfather talking about working at McCook field before moving over to Wright-Patterson AFB, so that fits