A Conversation for Aircraft of the Isle of Wight: 1900 - 1919

Identifying a flyingboat

Post 1


I'm trying to identify which type of seaplane / Flying Boat this propeller may have come from. Can you possible help please?

This propeller was made by J Samuel White & Co. - Isle of Wight.
It was made in 1916 and of Walnut.
Its 9ft from tip to tip, and is 4 bladed.
It’s described to me as a 'pusher' on the rear of a seaplane - and was one of two.
The seaplane would have been powered by a Sunbeam engine.

The prop markings on the hub are:-

AR 81 ? 7R
?? E

The above ‘?’ are areas where the markings are worn away or may not have been stamped.

As this flying boat had two rear pusher FOUR bladed propellers it suggests to me that it may have been a larger than average seaplane, maybe capable of a four man crew. Something like a Norman Thompson N.T.4

In the absence of any conclusive evidence as to its precise flying boat origins, can you please list the names of any seaplane it may have come from fitting the above propeller spec.

Thanks very much in advance for any help you can give me.

Identifying a flyingboat

Post 2


I'm afraid I don't know, but have you tried contacting Solent Sky, formerly Southampton Hall of Aviation? They would know more about that than me.


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