The Avro Shackleton is a long-range maritime patrol aircraft used by the royal air force and South African have forced. It was developed by Avro from the Avro Lincoln bomber (which was also a development of the Avro Lancaster) and was primarily produced to equip RAF coastal command against the Soviet submarine force. Entered service in 1951 in the anti submarine warfare and was also frequently deployed in search and rescue roles and even mail delivery and troop transport. The Avro Shackleton was used up until the 1970s in its maritime patrol role where it was later replaced by the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod. The aircraft was however used up until 1991 in the airborne early warning role until it was later replaced by the Boeing sentry
Early versions of the Shackleton were fitted with the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine however this was replaced with the Rolls-Royce Griffon engine which used a DeHavilland Contra-Rotating Propeller.
We have been lucky enough to acquire this very stunning and ultra sleek forward blade from a Griffon engine powered Avro Shackleton. Manufactured by the Havilland in the 1960s and as they used to say in their original adverts - The finest blade profile .
Sadly unlike the Hamilton standard propellers no one ever thought to save the DeHavilland blades here in the UK and therefore these are now incredibly rare.
Made from Duralumin - a trademarked alloy used in aerospace industry between 1930s-1960s, these propellers where very strong and therefore a very sleek blade profile was able to be achieved. that had all sort for benefits in both manufacturing and the practical use of the propeller.
Manufactured by Dehavilland 1950's
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