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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Friday, August 17, 2012

Center section and fittings

Good day at the shop this afternoon.  I got most of the tapes poly brushed to the center section.


Did the top first...


... And the bottom.  The only thing left to do is leading edge and trailing edge tapes.  Then the Center Section will be ready for more Poly Brush.


While the center section was drying (and I got kinda tired of all this fabric work) I began bead blasting the wing strut hold down plates.  You can see the original rusty ones on the top and the bead blasted ones on the bottom.


Then the parts were given a two-part epoxy primer.  I used DP90 paint.


Lastly, John Gaertner sent me the links to some old movies showing Hisso powered Jennies:

http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675064460_Bi-winged-Ford-airplane_pilot-comes-out_airplane-landing_The-Air-Service-Needs-You

This one shows the first airmail flight:

http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675065340_Woodrow-Wilson_airmail-service-dedication_Lieutenant-Webb_flight-takes-off_flight-to-New-York

And if you were wondering what it was like as an Army cadet back then:

http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675028344_Aviation-training_DH-4-airplanes_aerial-dogfights_cadets-watching

More soon.  Enjoy

Brian

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