Blériot 11 – Classic wooden propeller
It’s a copy of the original Hélice Chauviere manufactured in 1911 for Blériot airplanes.
A Chauvière propeller was fitted to the aircraft used by Louis Blériot to make the first heavier-than-air flight across the English Channel.
Authentic material: mahogany
Length: 245cm / 96inch (273cm Airco D.H.1)
Original manufacturer: Hélices Chauviere / Integrale, France/UK
Our production: Since 2014, measurements taken from the original prop
Total made in our shop:
273cm/107inch (Airco D.H.1)
245cm/96inch (Since 2019)
Airworthy (various sizes)
The first advanced laminated wooden propeller made in Europe
In 1911, Lucien Chauviere’s Hélices Integrale were manufactured in France, Germany and Russia. In Europe he was the only manufacturer of wooden propellers for flying machines, who had the props available off the shelf from a large stock. That’s the reason why most of the pioneer airplane constructors used his propellers.
During the WW1, over 100.000 Chauviere propellers were made for allied airplanes, which was about 1/4 of total production.
We offer two types of propellers (of several hunderds) from this manufacturer. They vary by length in full size and different pitch, but the outline remains very similar:
Hélice Integrale 245cm long from Gnome 50hp rotary engine
Hélice Integrale 273cm long from Renault 70hp rotary engine
..and their scaled reproductions.
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