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

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Here is something neat - I got an e-mail from John Witt the other day saying he was going to be in the area and wondered if it was OK to stop by and see the Jenny. He was attending the scale model airplane meet in Dayton, Ohio and drove to Atlanta afterwards. As you can see, the model is a thing of beauty. I now know why he placed second in the competition, losing to a Cosmic Wind racer by one point!

We had a wonderful visit and I really enjoyed chatting about Jennies and aeroplanes. I can't wait to see what this Seattle craftsman builds next!

John Gaertner also came to Atlanta to help cover the Jenny wings and tail. He brought with him a pair of Avirex reproduction WWI flying boots. Hey, they just had to touch a Jenny rudder bar, didn't they? And the boots happen to be my size.

While we were waiting, I built the cross piece on the lower longeron near the tail skid. The fabric attaches to this piece. Here is the cross piece temporarily held in place by the bracket.

Another view before the other bracket was made. Before the day was done, the cross piece had two coats of varnish and the brackets were primed.

Brian Eberle made the plate in the tail. This was not on an original Jenny. After studying a few Jenny weight and balance paperwork, because of the heavy Hisso engine, we may have to add weight to the tail. I won't know until we weigh the aeroplane. But, just in case, here is a plate that could be used to hold some lead. This piece was also primed and awaiting the gloss black paint.

Messed around a bit fitting the oil tank. More work here.

OK, I know several of you have e-mailed me begging to leave the Jenny uncovered. Sorry. We are going to fly this thing. Besides, it is too late. The covering process has begun.

We were fortunate to have Hualdo Mendoza, a Poly Fiber technical rep, come by and show us how the professionals do it.

John Gaertner got his hands dirty too.

As did Brian Eberle.

Here is the rudder with the Poly Fiber fabric standing by.

One wing covered.

All four wings covered.

By the end of today, all the wings and tail were under fabric. Hopefully, some rib stitching will be done tomorrow. Till then...




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