Curtiss XBT2C Experimental Dive/Torpedo Bomber Propeller Blade - Hamilton Standard - WW2 Warbird - Price Before Discount £5545 | AEROART.CO.UK

 Giant Hamilton Standard Propeller blade 6559A-18

    This very rare propeller blade is the same blade as fitted to the Curtiss XBT2C Experimental Dive/Torpedo Bomber and as far as we are aware it was made exclusively for that aircraft type. Developed during World War II this aircraft was based on the XBTC dive bomber but used the slightly less powerful Wright R-3350 radial engine, it could carry a second crewmember in the rear fuselage as well as radar in a pod under the starboard wing. Only 9 out of the 10 aircraft were built and they were the last aircraft supplied by Curtiss to the U.S. Navy, sadly all were scrapped in the late 1940s.


    As usual with propellers from Aeroart, this prop has been chemically stripped to remove all the paint and then painstakingly polished on both sides to a mirror finish, it has undergone 18 stages of sanding and five stages of polishing to achieve a perfect flawless finish.

     Shown here on our “Jet black” base with a polished Copper and aluminium top, colour can be changed to most standard colours and can be topped in either aluminium, brass or copper -  please enquire for details. 


   Approximately 45 hours polishing time 

   Manufactured by Hamilton Standard 1940s 

   100% Genuine 

   Approximately 75" tall

   Perfect Flawless Finish

   Timeless aviation piece 

   Gorgeous Art Deco shape 

   Shown on our Copper and Aluminium base 

   This propeller still retains its Blade Number of 6559A – 18. 



XBT2C-1 Specifications 

XBT2C-1 side view.
XBT2C-1 underside view.


General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 39 ft 2 in (11.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 47 ft 7.09375 in (14.5057813 m)
  • Width: 22 ft 6.5 in (6.871 m) wings folded
  • Height: 12 ft 1 in (3.68 m) 
  • Height wings folded: 16 ft 7.8125 in (5.075238 m)
  • Maximum height during folding: 20 ft 6.625 in (6.26428 m)
  • Wing area: 416 sq ft (38.6 m2)
  • Airfoil: root: NACA 23017 mod. ; tip : NACA 23009[4]
  • Empty weight: 12,268 lb (5,565 kg)
  • Gross weight: 19,022 lb (8,628 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-3350-24 Duplex-Cyclone 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 2,500 hp (1,900 kW)
  • Propellers: 4-bladed Hamilton Standard 6559A-18, 13 ft 8 in (4.17 m) diameter constant-speed propeller


  • Maximum speed: 297 mph (478 km/h; 258 kn) at sea level
330 mph (290 kn; 530 km/h) at 17,000 ft (5,200 m)
  • Range: 1,310 mi (1,138 nmi; 2,108 km)
  • Service ceiling: 26,300 ft (8,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,890 ft/min (9.6 m/s)


  • Guns: 2x 20 mm (0.787 in) AN/M2 cannon
  • Rockets: 8x 5 in (130 mm) rockets under wing
  • Bombs: 1x 2,000 lb (910 kg) or 2x 500 lb (230 kg) or 4x 250 lb (110 kg) or torpedo in 14 ft 3 in (4.34 m) long internal bomb-bay




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