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, October 25, 2012


More progress pictures - as mentioned, the upper wings are finished.

And while I am away, Ron keeps on spraying the lower wings......

In between trips, I had a chance to see if our new seat belts were going to fit without modification.  We volunteered Brian to sit in the seat while we temporarily attached the seat belt.  The belts fit nicely.

Lastly, Brighton wanted to see if the belts fit him, too.



still plugging away

Top wings are done !!

I have been flying a lot (work) so Ron has been taking up the slack.  I'm happy to report, he had three coats of poly brush on the lower wings now.

John Gaertner told me about this great photograph on ebay:

This picture is worth a thousand words.  A surplus Jenny in a farmer's field....A dashing aviator...good hard working passengers...I was born too late. 

I wish I knew more details about the photo, but the seller doesn't say:



Friday, October 19, 2012

The last day or two

OK, I know you are getting bored seeing picture after picture of never changing silver wings.  So am I.  So I won't post any this time.

Yesterday, Kevin Connor  from Tulsa, OK (right) stopped by to see the Jenny.  Kevin has been collecting  parts for several years and as soon as his Hatz is finished, he will start working on his Jenny. 

  Fred Tinkler (left) and Kevin Connor (right)

Here comes some more pictures of silver wings.....No, but we are still spraying though.

Filmmaker Dorian Walker sent me progress pictures of his Jenny project.  



It is looking good!  Dorian and his crew are working on their Jenny in Bowling Green, KY

Enjoy...while we spray paint....


Wednesday, October 17, 2012


 Here has been the routine:

Spray two cross coats...wait...wet sand...wait....spray two cross coats...wait...wet get the idea!

If all goes according to plan, the upper wings will be finished tomorrow evening.  Ailerons and center section to follow shortly.



Monday, October 15, 2012


Ron was busy tonight.  This is the final coat on the left upper wing!

These parts are ready for wet sanding.

More tomorrow!


More spraying and Fuel Pump

Ron did a bunch more spraying last evening. We are down to the last final cross coat of Poly Tone on this wing.

The last pinked tape has been applied !!

Heat forming the tapes on the wing tip.

Poly brushing the leading edge tape

Finally, a big hurdle has been completed.  Remember this accessory drive on the back of the engine?

Doug Franklin, a local machinist who spends most of his time helping the local Commemorative Air Force restore their P-63, made the gear to adapt our Titan Fuel pump!

He also made the housing and the gasket.

The gear fits onto the square shaft of the pump.

And the entire thing goes together like this.

Thanks again Doug and to Richard Epton who set me up with Doug.

More soon



Monday, October 08, 2012

Silver wings

In my absence, Ron has been diligently spraying the top wings.

 We're getting there....!


Sunday, October 07, 2012

Paper removed

You know, you spend hours masking and taping only to tear everything off in exactly five minutes!