Our latest wooden propeller is exciting because it is the earliest aeronautical piece we have acquired!
This laminated mahogany propeller is from a 1917 WWI Royal Aircraft Factory BE12 aircraft built in Farnborough, Hampshire. This single-seat aircraft was primarily designed for use in reconnaissance and bombing – not as a fighter as it had limited manoeuvring capability.
However, notable success stories of this aircraft include the shooting down of the Zepellin L48 in 1917 by a Home Defence B12.
The only BE12 Ace on record was Captain Gilbert W M Green of No. 17 Squadron who shot down several enemy aircraft in Salonika Greece.
Sadly there are no known original BE12 aircraft in existence today.