Vintage WWI Training 48” Wood Aircraft Propeller Kelly Field Enlisted Mechanics For Sale


Vintage WWI Training 48” Wood Aircraft Propeller Kelly Field Enlisted Mechanics
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Vintage WWI Training 48” Wood Aircraft Propeller Kelly Field Enlisted Mechanics:
$2995.00

You are looking at a 48” WWI artifact from at least 1919. This propeller was used at Kelly Field during training/schooling. Most likely to learn to balance and repair a propeller. This propeller was not used on a plane. It was a training aid for the Enlisted Mechanics Training Department at Kelly Field. This is a one of a kind piece of history.


Comes with the original shipping box that came directly from Kelly Field in April 1919.


A little history below further down. Please ask questions before purchasing or offerding. I can supply additional photos as necessary. This training aid has damage as seen in the pictures and sold AS IS.


Reasonable offers are always entertained. Price is negotiable. Send offer if interested.



Add a touch of vintage charm to your collection with this beautifully crafted WWI Training Wooden Aircraft Propeller. Made in the United States, this propeller was used by enlisted mechanics at Kelly Field. It's the perfect piece to display in your home or office, and will definitely be a conversation starter.


This propeller is a rare find that you won't want to miss out on. Its history and craftsmanship make it a one-of-a-kind item that any aviation or military aircraft enthusiast would love to own. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!



HISTORY:


In April of 1918, the unit was re-designated the 869th Aero Squadron and specifically tasked with aircraft repair. The unit was stationed at Kelly for the entire war.


Since the USAS has essentially -0- military training facilities prior to WW 1, the EMTD was created as part of the Air Service Mechanics School at Kelly and was stood up to help train and deploy qualified aviation mechanics. The unit was initially commanded by Major Dana Crissy and Captain D.J. Neumuller.


The EMTD taught engine repair under the direction of Captain Vernon Lee Burge. Where Crissy and Neumuller were not flying officers, Burge was a trained pilot. In January 1918, Major George Stratmeyer took command of the EMTD.


At an unknown date the EMTD was renamed the Air Service Mechanics School.


It appears the students at the EMTD were not assigned to the school directly. They were members of other Aero Squadrons stationed at Kelly and attended the school, remaining with their units while they did so.


The 869th was demobilized at Kelly in December 1918.


That's much more about the EMTD than the 869th, but the prop was certainly part of the school there and as I mentioned was probably just a training aid of some kind. It's a very interesting piece, the box being almost as interesting as the propeller itself.


I hope this little bit helps. If you want to read the source for this, there is a digitized copy here />

After all of the foregoing, I found that the online version of this book is more extensive than my 1918 printed hardcopy. On page 50 you will find the roster of the "Former 869th" squadron which appears to have been renamed the ASMS. Both names appear in the book the link above goes to.



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