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Most desirable World War I German wood laminate propeller, 109" long, appropriately marked and with two partial decals from the Anker propeller manufacturing company in Germany, which once helped propel a German fighter-recon aircraft during World War I. According to world-respected propeller expert Robert Gardner: "Your prop was made to a specification laid down by Idflieg (Inspektor der Fliegertruppen) in 1918 for C Class aircraft with a speed of 130-140kph (around 85mph). C-class described a two-seat armed recce biplane, powered by an engine of more than 150ps. There would have been several examples of which one is the DFW C V of 1916-17...Your data translates as: Ser. No. 9897; Serial number. The first mention of Anker as a prop maker was in September 1916...your prop was perhaps made about half way through the production run. STAND 1300; Standdrehzahl test engine speed. Translates as the Condition Speed, a parameter the prop had to achieve on a Mercedes 160ps of a known standard horsepower. FLZ test mark; Flugzeugmeisterei; a proofing authority, which is likely to date this prop to 1917. MERC 160 PS; Mercedes engine of 160 German horsepower. Pferdestärke, horsepower...DCHM 2780; Durchmesser; diameter 2780mm...STG...Steigung meaning pitch..." German Class C aircraft used during the war, including the DFW CV were most often used as close support fighters, and many aces won their honors flying such aircraft. Dings and scuffs typical to age and storage, otherwise very good. Crating and third-party shipping required.

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September 10, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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