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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Tuesday, November 05, 2013


Today was a momentous day in the Jenny restoration saga.  Local Designated Airworthiness Representative Vic Syracuse inspected the Jenny and issued the long awaited airworthiness certificate.

Vic had been following the restoration through this blog for a long time so he was familiar with the airplane.  He spotted a few areas that needed fixing prior to our first flight.  And I'm glad he did! 

It's amazing how you can look at a project, go over it with a fine tooth comb, check every nut and bolt and miss the obvious.  Vic noted that I had plumbed a water line with a fixed aluminum tube between the water pump and the radiator.  He was concerned the line would crack from the vibration. 

How many times did I look at that line?  Heck, I'm the one who built it, so you know I looked at it.

Yet, he was exactly right.  Now the line is a MIL 6000 hose. 

Going over the operating limitations and signing the paperwork


Handing over the Airworthiness Certificate
L to R - Ron Alexander, Brian Karli, Vic Syracuse 

I must admit the entire process was a pleasurable event.  Vic was nothing but professional and reasonable.  He has been a supporter of our museum as long as our doors have been open and we are lucky to have such a valuable resource in our back yard.

Many of you are wondering when the first flight will occur.  I wish I could tell you but we don't know.  First of all, we need to button things up after the inspection.  The cowl needs to go back on.  I'd like to run the engine again.  Pardon my caution, but I want to wait for ideal conditions.  One evening perhaps?  We shall see.  Stay tuned.

On another note, Dave Harwell told me about a Dixie 800 magneto on eBay.

Well, I was fortunate to be able to buy it.  We did not have one spare part for our mags, but now we do!

I forgot to document last weeks work on the throttle.  John Gaertner made this adjustable fork for the Hisso NAD4 carburetor arm.

The neat thing about this fork - it is soldered to the bowden cable and a set screw adds another layer of grip.

Lastly, in the mail was a package from Don Barnes in Tennessee.  He told me that the US Postal service had just released a new stamp and he thought I might like to know about it.  Behind his note was a sealed package containing six beautiful Jenny stamps!  That was very nice of him and I appreciated the kindness. 

Anyway, if anyone wants some of these stamps, here is the information.

Postal Service Announces Very Limited Edition Stamps Circulated with Recent Issue of Famous ‘Upside Down’ Jenny Stamp

Customers who purchased Inverted Jenny stamps could have one of only 100 stamp sheets printed with plane flying ‘right side up,’ First recipient comes forward

October 02, 2013
Release No. 13-079 @USPS
Postal Service Announces Very Limited Edition Stamps Circulated with Recent Issue of Famous ‘Upside Down’ Jenny Stamp

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service announced today that it printed 100 additional sheets of stamps of the recently issued Inverted Jenny stamp but with the plane flying right-side up. These very limited edition stamps were circulated with the recent issue of the most famous “misprinted” stamp.  Customers who have recently purchased the new Inverted Jenny stamp could have a very limited edition of the famous stamp.
Unique to this stamp issuance, all sheets were individually wrapped in a sealed envelope to recreate the excitement of finding an Inverted Jenny when opening the envelope and to avoid the possibility of discovering a corrected Jenny prior to purchase.
“We are leveraging the incredible story behind the rare collectible as a creative way to generate interest in stamp collecting while highlighting the role the Post Office Department had in developing the commercial aviation industry,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.
Individuals purchasing ‘corrected Jenny sheets’ will find a congratulatory note inside the wrapping asking them to call a phone number to receive a certificate of acknowledgement signed by the Postmaster General.
Just days after the Postal Service issued the new $2 version of the most publicized stamp error in U.S. history — the 24-cent 1918 Curtiss Jenny airmail stamp depicting a biplane flying upside down, Glenn Watson of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, purchased the new $2 version with the biplane flying right side up.
“I’ve been collecting U.S. and Canadian stamps for more than 50 years,” said Watson, who ordered his Inverted Jenny stamp sheet through the Postal Store on eBay. “By far this was a total surprise, and I can now relate to how stamp collector William Robey felt when he purchased the original sheet of 100 inverted Jennys in 1918. Clearly this right-side-up version will be the treasure of my collection. I hope this stamp will encourage younger generations to get involved in this educational hobby.”

The Backstory on Creating the Misprint’s ‘Misprint’
The idea for creating the “misprinted misprint,” came to light after the Postmaster General mentioned the stamp to customer groups shortly after it was previewed in January.
“Our customers were enthusiastic about printing a new version of the most publicized stamp error in U.S. history as a great way to spur interest in stamp collecting,” said Donahoe. “Some jokingly commented that we should be careful to avoid repeating the same mistake of nearly a century ago. That was the impetus behind this initiative. What better way to interest a younger generation in stamp collecting?”
Donahoe added the stamp serves to communicate the Post Office Department’s role in developing the nation’s commercial aviation industry.  Air mail turned out to be one of our most successful innovations.
“By showing that air travel could be safe and useful, we helped create the entire American aviation industry, which went on to reshape the world.”
Pan Am, TWA, American, United, Northwest and other airlines originated as air mail contractors before passenger service began. Additionally to help commercial aviation get off the ground and to speed the mail, the Post Office Department helped develop navigational aids such as beacons and air-to-ground radio. Today the Postal Service continues as the commercial aviation industry’s largest freight customer. Mail also flies on FedEx and UPS cargo aircraft.

Inverted Jenny Sheet

The Jenny Story
Two eerie occurrences took place surrounding the nation’s first airmail flight that took place 1918. The pilot got lost, flew in the wrong direction and crashed. And due to a printing error of the 24-cent Curtiss Jenny airmail stamp created to commemorate this historic event, the biplane was depicted flying upside down on one sheet of 100 stamps that was sold to the public.
In 1918, in a rush to celebrate the first airmail flight, the Post Office department issued the 24-cent Curtiss Jenny stamp. Because the design required two colors, sheets were placed on the printing press twice — first to apply red ink and a second time to apply blue ink.  This process was given to human error — as stamp collectors at the time well knew.
A Washington, DC, Post Office clerk — who had never seen an airplane — sold a sheet of 100 stamps mistakenly showing the biplane upside down. For nearly a century, stamp collectors have chased the Inverted Jennys and have accounted for nearly all 100 of them.

The 100 sheets were distributed randomly among the nation’s Post Offices and at the Postal Service’s Stamp Fulfillment Center which accepts stamp orders online at, and by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724). Additionally, some of the 100 also were randomly distributed at

Jenny 24-cent stampCustomers may view the Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny Forever stamps, as well as many of this year’s other stamps, on Facebook at, on Twitter@USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at

More soon.  Enjoy



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