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Old 18th Feb 2018, 09:59
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eMACaRe
 
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Wrong way round prop

Hello Forumites
I am researching the crash of a Walrus aircraft which occurred in 1942. Apparently, the aircraft's take-off run was longer than usual and just managed to stagger into the air. Seeing an obstruction ahead, the pilot banked the aircraft. Unfortunately, the aircraft "side-slipped" and crashed, killing the pilot and passenger.
An account written some years later stated that two of the four propeller blades were fitted "the wrong way round". Would that be possible, or even likely, as the aircraft was inspected by a member of the aircraft inspection department before the flight? If they were, what would/could be the effect on the take-off characteristics of the aircraft?
This crash took place at the Saunders-Roe flying ground near Chertsey, Surrey on the 1st July 1942.
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