Some of our Museum displays

Our WW1 aeroplane propeller

One of our largest artefacts in the museum is this original propeller from a First World War biplane.

Designed by Geoffrey DeHavilland, the BE2b was first produced in 1912, the third in a series following the BE2 and BE2a.

 

The aircraft went into service at the outbreak of WWI as a reconnaissance plane or as a light bomber. Having been designed in peacetime as a highly stable observation aircraft this proved to be a disadvantage in conflict situations due to lack of manoeuvrability and was consequently withdrawn from front line service in 1915.

 

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