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Easy Does It

Mounting a three blade propeller
Description: Drawing, Pen and Ink; by Joseph Hirsch; 1943; Framed Dimensions 24H X 20W
Accession #: 88-159-ES
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The big three-blade hollow steel "prop" which pulls a fighter airplane through the air at 400 miles an hour is a precision instrument. Mounting one on a propeller shaft requires care and skill, since inexpert manhandling can rip threads or cut mating splines and thereby put an airplane out of commission as effectively as a 20mm shell. Navy mechanics, however, universally have personal interest in their squadron's airplanes, and no plane captain ever wants it said his plane is not ready for combat.

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Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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