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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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Trim System works!

Well, it took a lot longer than expected, but the trim system is finally finished.  I will have detail pictures shortly, but for now, I'm happy to report the trim system works perfectly - hands off the stick perfectly!

After a month of cold weather (and snow in Atlanta), the weather warmed up to 60 degrees today.  We waited for the crosswind to die down and right before dusk, Ron took the Jenny up for a test flight.





Photos courtesy of Aaron Stark.

I was pleased to day to have a visit from Gordon and Zak Clement who drove from Lawrenceville, GA to see the Jenny.


 Zak is a private pilot and a student at the University of Georgia.  His dad Gordon has followed the Jenny restoration from day one, even helping me bring home Jenny parts from all over the country. It was a great visit.

A month ago, I was contacted by Jonathan Fallon, the editor of World War I Aero magazine who wanted to do an article about what it is like to fly the Jenny.  Issue #218 will be ready for print very soon.  



If you would like to read the entire article, and get 100 pages of other cool early aviation stuff, you can download the magazine at  www.ww1aeroinc.org

Arron Stark sent this video of Ron's fly-by.  Enjoy it!


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Recently I told you about my visit with fellow antique airplane restorer Andrew King.

Andrew posted this picture when he was flying the Old Rhinebeck Jenny many years ago. I was drawn to his really neat sweater!  If you look at the picture below, you will see where why.


It looks like a replica of the sweaters worn by the 13 Black Cats, a very famous West Coast traveling aerial circus.


 Here is one of the Black Cats in action. Notice the camera strapped to the Jenny tail.



 One of the Black Cats was Paul Richter (the face hiding behind the fin / rudder).  He later went to become one of the founding members of TWA!

Love the sweater, Andrew.  Do you still have it?

Enjoy

Brian