PBS ‘History Detectives’ Look For Clues In Pensacola
March 21, 2011
History Detectives host Elyse Luray came to Pensacola with a 1940’s airplane propeller found along a rural airstrip in Illinois, hoping museum experts could help her place the propeller in its proper historical context.
Saturday, Luray interviewed Hill Goodspeed, curator of the museum, and Bob Bothfield who served as an engineer in World War II, about the mystery propeller.
Working beside a rural airstrip, an Illinois man dug up the intriguing find: an eight-foot long wooden airplane propeller. A little research online made him believe that his propeller might be from a TDR-1 plane, a pioneering U.S. assault drone plane from World War II. Various websites say the TDR-1 were the first drones, the prototype of the unmanned assault planes used today in Afghanistan and Iraq.
On the History Detectives episode filmed partially in Pensacola Luray will investigate whether this propeller is an important piece of American military history or simply fell off a local prop plane.
The drone propeller story will air during History Detective’s ninth season during the summer of the year. History Detectives is seen locally on WSRE, channel 23.
Pictured top: Bob Bothfield who served as an engineer in World War II, and History Detectives host Elyse Luray pose in front of a TDR-1 drone on display at the Pensacola National Naval Aviation Museum. Courtesy photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.