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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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sleeping Dog video

Sleeping Dog Productions has released another Jenny video.  Enjoy:



In other Jenny news, Dorian Walker and his crew are now touring the airshow circuit with their Jenny.  They made it to Dayton for the upcoming Air Fest.  From the picture, they are in good company.



I think it is great what they are doing with their airplane.  If you go to their website, you can learn more about their plans:

www.friendsof jenny.org

 
 And you want to see their Jenny fly, here is their touring schedule:

 http://www.friendsofjenny.org/events.html

Today, my friend and future Jenny restorer Kevin Connor was visiting Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.  It seems as if their Jenny is just hanging out until the next show.
 

Lastly, the Jenny in San Diego is getting new clothes! Fellow Bucker pilots Greg Stringer and Joe Vasile were there attending the Bucker fly-in and took a quick tour of the San Diego Aerospace Museum's Gillespie Field restoration shop.  


That's all the Jenny news.  Enjoy

Brian

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Vintage Days - Candler Field Museum 2014

Every year our museum has a really fun event called Vintage Days.  We have old cars, tractors, planes and people in period attire wandering around the grounds.  There were three local bands playing music, a guy selling home made ice cream churned by a hit-or-miss engine, local vendors selling all kinds of stuff and of course food...lots of food.  All the proceeds benefited the museum and our new Youth Mentor Aviation program.

Details and photos of the event can be seen at: www.peachstateaero.com

Twice during the day we conducted a "Parade of Flight" for the nearly 1500 people who attended the event.


I was privileged to take Vic Syracuse with me on the first parade.  Vic was the DAR who issued us the Jenny's airworthiness certificate back in November.


Luckily, I had two teenage student pilots as wing walkers.  It was a warm, summer Georgia Day and they thought nothing of it.


 John Gaertner came all the way from Virginia to be there and I'm happy to say he got to fly under the Jenny wings he built.  Here is a link to the video he took:


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B67WPG-_IH0&list=UUvEY-voayQHXr8upDttfR0g

 Local aviation Photographer John Slemp took some great photos during the event.  He shared one of me and my wife at the end of the event.


He also converted a few of his photos into black and white.


You can see some of his work here:   www.Aerographs.com

It is a neat, simple website filled with some great aviation photographs.

Enjoy

Brian

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Alaska Jenny Pics

 A friend sent me these pictures of Alaska pioneer pilot Ben Eilson's Jenny. 

 

 



Ben Eilson had a fascinating life.  If you want to read about him, click on this link:

http://beneielson.com/2011/02/timeline/

Anyway, Ben's Jenny hung in the rafters of the Fairbanks Airport terminal for many years.  The original wings had been lost and inaccurate replicas were made. You can see the wings in this photo.


Several years ago, John Morak contacted me.  He was part of a group of volunteers in Fairbanks who wanted to restore Ben's Jenny.  They needed some wing strut drawings and I was happy to oblige. 


As you can see, they did a great job.  If you are ever in Fairbanks, check it out!

Cheers

Brian