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Demand Sparks Interest In Wood Propellers

December, 2006

In mid-July 2006, an anxious phone call from a leading manufacturer of airplane propellers to the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) rekindled FPL’s involvement with wood propellers and research to meet wartime needs of the U.S. military.

Nearly 90 years ago, as World War I dragged on in Eu