Ron and Brian are doing fabric work this evening. I couldn't join them, but there should be the last coat of silver on the tail surfaces and the first coat of Poly Brush on the turtledeck before the night is over.
Lastly, I wanted to share something really neat. Kent Layher, of Pfafftown, NC sent me these pictures of some early JN3's used by the military during the Pancho Villa expedition in Mexico. I was really excited because I have only seen a few pictures from this event and here were some original photos never before published!
My great uncle sold Dart trucks to the military during that time and had to go along to Mexico to provide service and so came back with many photos. I have a group of the Jenny photos framed and on a wall. There are a lot of photos of horses and my uncle said that the horses carried supplies used to support the trucks such as fuel, tires, parts. I thought that was ironic.
If you have time, look up this neat piece of early aviation history. In a nutshell:
On March 9, 1916, the Mexican revolutionary, Pancho Villa, crossed the border with more than 500 men and raided Columbus, N.M., killing 17 Americans. The next day, Brig. Gen. John J. Pershing was directed to organize a force to protect the border. The 1st Aero Squadron was ordered to join Pershing's ground forces. This was the first time the United States had ever placed a "tactical air unit" in the field.
The 1st Aero Squadron consisted of 11 officers, 84 enlisted men and one civilian mechanic. It had eight Curtiss JN3 airplanes.
They arrived in Mexico and began making reconnaissance flights to locate Pancho Villa and his forces.
The rugged terrain and unfavorable operating conditions of northern Mexico, coupled with the limited performance of the JN3s, rapidly took their toll. One month later, only two Jennies were left!
I found out that there is a Pancho Villa State Park in Santa Fe NM and they have a Jenny replica in their museum.
I gotta go there one day and see that Jenny!
Thanks for the pictures Kent!
More soon. Enjoy