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

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Upper wings installed

Sorry for not posting in awhile. The family and I spent a week in Florida on vacation. We had a good time but now we are home and back to the usual routine.

Part of this rigging process is making sure the wings were straight. Bill Hammond, who spent many years turning wrenches and flying at Old Rhinebeck came by to lend a hand. Bay by bay we trammeled the wing square, adjusting the turnbuckles accordingly.

Here is one end of the trammel.

Before long, the upper wings were in place!

Now we have fifty wires to build...or better hundred wrapped and soldered ends.

It was such a nice day that Ron rolled out the early Stearman and went flying. Brighton volunteered to clean the hangar floor.

"Aren't their child labor laws, dad?"

Kevin Conner from Tulsa OK stopped by to see the Jenny. He was on an Atlanta layover (he is a corporate pilot) and drove south through the Atlanta rush hour traffic just to see the project. Kevin and I have been corresponding for years and as soon as he finished his Hatz biplane, he is going to build a Jenny. I know he will succeed because he has been collecting bits and parts of a Jenny and already has quite a collection.

Ken Gulliford e-mailed me while I was on vacation and sent pictures of his Jenny model. Sure looks nice.

More soon



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