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World War I, Military Aircraft Propellers

Auckland War Memorial Museum - World War I, Military Aircraft Propellers

World War I, Military Aircraft Propellers

This collection of World War I,  Military Aircraft Propellers recognise the almost 1,000 New Zealanders who served as military pilots in the British air services in World War I. Nearly 70 died and 17 become prisoners of war in WWI.

From top to bottom these World War I, Military Aircraft Propellers are from the following historic planes:

  • German Fokker DVII fighter plane with a BMW IIIa D280 engine
  • Avro 504K, two-bladed propeller
  • SESA Single seater Fighter
  • French Nieuport Single Seater Scout
  • American Paragon Propeller
  • German Wotan four-bladed propeller with Siemens-Halske engine

World War I was the first major war involving the large-scale use of aircraft. Initially, aircraft were used mostly for reconnaissance, however, with competition and experience, engineers developed many specialised aeroplanes. Ace fighter pilots were portrayed as modern knights, and many became popular heroes.

Among the many historical, cultural and specimen objects in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tāmaki Paenga Hira, the following are highlights:

World War I, Military Aircraft Propellers

  • Exhibit:            World War I, Military Aircraft Propellers
  • Materials:        Wood & Metal
  • Date:               1914 – 1918
  • Culture:           European War
  • Origin:             European
  • Museum:         Auckland War Memorial Museum

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“As man disappears from sight, the land remains.”
– Maori Proverb

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Photo Credit: JOM