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Call_me_Kanno
03-20-2005, 08:57 AM
I'd read after a certain point late in the war that Germany started using wooden props. First time I seen this in FB and thought it was cool looking.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/Woodenprop.jpg

Call_me_Kanno
03-20-2005, 08:57 AM
I'd read after a certain point late in the war that Germany started using wooden props. First time I seen this in FB and thought it was cool looking.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v22/Kanno/Woodenprop.jpg

Von_Zero
03-20-2005, 09:23 AM
it's an old feature, but a really cool one http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
i think the Spitfires have wooden prop too. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Cess-SGTRoc
03-20-2005, 10:44 AM
The first Spit's had wooden props, two blade's I think, the prop was so tall that the pilot had to be carefull not to strike the prop on takoff.
I think the later props where metal and three and four bladed.

3.JG51_BigBear
03-20-2005, 10:48 AM
The seafire seems to have a wooden prop too. At least it looks like it when I destroy it in one of my excuses for a carrier landing. Might not be a terrible idea if it was.

robban75
03-20-2005, 12:09 PM
Wooden props lowered the risks of damaging the engine during crash landings. The A-9 and D-9 had wooden props, but in-game only the A-9 has this modelled, no big deal.

TX-EcoDragon
03-20-2005, 01:24 PM
Wooden props will also decrease the flywheel effect of the prop which will increase throttle response, there will be a decrease in the torque and gyroscopic effects of the prop which will make aircraft handling a bit easier, and will decrease the damage to the crankshaft and motor mounts caused by abrupt pitch and yaw changes when at higher power settings with a metal prop.

Most aircraft have metal props still, but the higher performance aerobatic aircraft, and many of the newer high speed XC machines like the Lancair and Cirrus aircraft have composite. Many older designs have wood. I fly a few aircraft with composite props (MT 3 blade, and a Whilwind 3 blade and the Hartzell Claw) and generally these are a wood core, which is then shaped, strengthened, and skinned with carbon fiber and other compostites. I have also flown a Pitts S1S with metal prop and the same aircraft after the prop was swapped to wooden one. The difference is quite noticable to the pilot when flying as you do in aerobatics. Snaps and spins are rather different, and they are more similar to the left and right, which I think presents better. Tumbles don't get as sideways but they look about the same to people on the ground. . .not to mention that you might actually make TBO before an overhaul with the wood prop. You will not find any unlimited class aerobats with metal props. . .

In a fighter in a combat environment I would take a wood prop over metal unless all out high speed was the order of the day.