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

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

To the airport

OK, its pretty bad when I dwell on a picture of a little piece of wood, but it is an important one.  This is a support piece built to keep the middle of the cowling from flopping around. Details.....sorry.

Since we are getting the Jenny ready for the great unveiling this weekend, John Gaertner sent me two  castings he made for the hoop underneath the lower wings.  The original piece is on the top.  The two copies he made are on the bottom.  John cast these out of bronze.  They are identical!

 Now for the fun part - The Jenny came out of the hangar today. 

 Richard Epton and and Caleb Stephens provided the muscle.

 The Jenny is big.  Too big for the trailer we have, so, Richard Epton arranged for a 30 ft trailer that we could use.  To get the Jenny on the trailer, a local towing company was hired.

We lifted the Jenny with the roll bed and moved it onto the big trailer.

 The Jenny fit on this trailer with room to spare.

We were fortunate to have a trailer this size.  Atlanta Air Recovery uses this trailer to retrieve airplanes all over the country.

 Once strapped down, Caleb and Richard were ready to go.

 And off they went! 

  And fifteen minutes later, arrived at the airport.

 Here is the Jenny parked in front of the museum hangar.

Everything was unstrapped and the loading process was reversed.

 Once inside the museum, the lower wings were installed.


 Followed by the upper wings.

 We installed most of the flying wires before calling it a day. To the museum volunteers who helped us - Glen Marsh, Leo Roberson and Harold Spivey.....

Brian, Ron and I say thanks!Because of their help, we are on track for the grand unveiling at the Vintage Day event this Saturday.  Ailerons have to be installed yet, a few pulleys, a few more wires.....we're getting there!

Lastly, I wanted to show you something neat. 

Joseph Duke sent me this email:

Hi Brian,
You were quite generous to share your wing strut drawings with me for this project and I thank you again.  As it turned out, I decided not to use the design which incorporated the struts and wires and went with a simple base for the conference table.  You wanted to see it after it was done and I am including a few pictures here.  Thanks again for you help. 
Joe Duke

 Isn't that a cool table?

Anyway, see you on Saturday!



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