Curtiss Jenny Restoration

Welcome! We hope you enjoy following the restoration process of a 1918 Curtiss JN4D Jenny. Once completed, the aeroplane will be flown and displayed at the Candler Field Museum in Williamson GA (30 miles south of Atlanta). You can contact me below by clicking on "VIEW MY PROFILE"

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Location: Peachtree City, Georgia, United States

Friday, August 10, 2007

Station 5

Been a busy week, but I managed to get some shop time today. OK - some Jenny differences here: At Station 5 (the rear of the front seat) the cross brace angles back to give the poor guy in the front seat some room. I guess that's the reason. Anyway...

Here's one way they built the Jennies - this is how Paul Dougherty's really authentic JN4D looks. Notice the rather complex bend flared to square at the ends.

Here's another way they built them. Several companies built Jennies under license during the war years. Each one seemed to build them with subtle differences. The picture above is from Phil Mintari's JN4D. I decided to build mine the same way.

So, I started with a drawing of the fitting and cut the parts out or .100 sheet steel with the bandsaw.

Then, they were bent to accept the turnbuckles and the holes were drilled.

Here is the fitting in place.

The wood at Station 5 is ash (as seen above) . The entire assembly is held together by a steel strap. I hope to build this over the next weekend. Till then




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