Curtiss Jenny Restoration

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Sunday, January 20, 2013


Not a whole lot to report.  Work is still busy but I had a chance to do a bunch of little things on the Jenny like hooking up oil lines, fuel lines etc.  Got the throttle hooked up last night.  Hope to get more done next week.

I just got word that John Gaertner at Blue Swallow Aircraft has designed a nifty ferrule maker.  Anyone contemplating building an old airplane needs a bunch of these and John is now a good source.

Here are some more photos collected by David Trojan.  Seven Jennies in the air at one time. I sure would like to see that again!  This photo is dated 10 August 1918.

I really liked this formation photo from inside the cockpit.  These are Canadian built Jennies - four ailerons, no down thrust on the engine and no cutouts in the center section

I really like this photo!

 More formation pictures

 Here is a picture of a pilot at Payne Field Mississippi.  I think this is a very rare picture of a JN4 D2. Notice the center section cutout and the large windshield.  Normally, JN4s had small windshields riveted to the cockpit cowling. The opening for the pilot was oval and surrounded by padding all the way around. On the D2 version, they made the windshield bigger and cut out the cockpit cowing behind the windshield so the instrument panel could be seen better.

 So, I think this is a D2.  Profile Publications Number 37 had this to say:

Curtiss built one prototype of an improved model the JN4D2 which was outwardly identical to the JN4D.  Production was scheduled for several of the subcontracting plants, but these were cancelled at the end of the war and only the 100 ordered from the Liberty Iron Works of Sacramento, CA were delivered.  The Liberty products differed from the Curtiss prototype in not having the downthrust for the engine.

Notice this Jenny has no downthrust.  Could this be one of the 100 very rare JN4 D2s?  Also notice there are three fuel gauges.

Was this Jenny equipped with three fuel tanks?  It looks like there is a front cockpit opening.  Hardly any room there for additional fuel tanks.  Could this be a photographic error?

Dorian Walker sent me pictures of their Jenny restoration.  Things are progressing at a rapid pace.

Lastly, if you like stuff about Charles Lindbergh,  William Terry Harpole went to the house in Maben, Mississippi where Lindbergh spent the nite and video taped the place as it stands today.

Hopefully, things at work will slow down and I can get back to making faster progress on our Jenny.  I hope you like all the side stories and pictures.  It keeps things interesting until I get back to the shop.

More soon



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