Reverse exhaust stack
Don Barnes wrote:
I was told about 35 years ago by a former Jenny pilot, that they would reverse the stacks to place the outlet further forward out of their field of view for flying at night.
The aircraft picture was taken in 1926 was known as Ole #1. The pilot posing was T.A. Ewell.
Another plausible explanation came from expert model builder Anthony Hixson, who also sent me pictures of his really neat 1/4 scale Fokker DRI painted up in one of Von Richtofens paint schemes. Anyway, Anthony writes:
I have a theory about the backwards exhaust. If the plane was used for wing walking exhibitions it was probably a bit more comfortable for the wing walker to climb out of the front cockpit without getting blasted by hot exhaust fumes. Seems plausible anyways.
Or a really screwed up mechanic ;)