HENRI FARMAN F-27 BI-PLANE PROPELLER USED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION CORPS (SAAC) DURING THE CAMPAIGN IN GERMAN SOUTH WEST AFRICA 1915
The South African Aviation Corps (SAAC) was established on 29 January 1915. Five South African Pilots who had joined the RFC in France during 1914 were recalled to join the SAAC for deployment to German South West Africa, now known as Namibia. The SAAC was equipped with 2 Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2C's and 6 Henri Farman F-27 Bi-planes.
Kenneth van der Spuy flew the first sortie of the SAAC on 6 May 1915 from Walvis Bay. His mission was to report enemy ground movements to the ground forces of Gen. Louis Botha. The SAAC flew many more reconnaissance and bombing sorties until the end of the Campaign in July 1915. The SAAC also service in East Africa during 1915/16. The propeller on display is a good example of the early wide paddle shaped blades that were used on these early aircraft.
Note the two bullet holes through one of the blades, the result of enemy rifle fire directed at the aircraft during a reconnaissance flight carried out over German positions.