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Propeller

Propeller
The design of the propeller is pretty traditional to the aircraft of their day. It had a sort of a graceful "S" look to it. If you could draw a very shallow S, it had a very nice curve. They were very slow-turning propellers. Today we have these little toothpick props that turn up thousands of rpm. But back then a slow-moving propeller was much more efficient. And the propeller [was] made of a variety of woods such as mahogany and birch. A very efficient propeller. The only drawback with the Demoiselle was if you notice where the pilot sits in some of the other photos, you'll see how close the propeller is to the pilot's feet, which is something you always are aware of when you're flying one of these little airplanes.


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