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Curtiss 1C Jenny (JN-4D)

No tail wheel?  The Jenny is the ultimate "tail dragger."

The Jenny was the first mass produced aircraft with interchangeable parts.  Construction of wood and fabric were typical of this era, as were exposed control wires.  Skids protected the wings from hitting the ground on rough or dirt landing strips.

The basic Army trainer for WWI, 95% of American and Canadian pilots trained in a Jenny.

In 1916, the Jenny was also used to follow Poncho Villa throughout the Mexican countryside.

After WWI the surplus Jennys brought aviation to the people as a great beginner "flying machine."   Pilots bought them for pleasure, display or in the hopes of making their fortunes.   The era of barnstorming and wild stunts thrived and before the government began to regulate civil aviation, accidents were frequent.

The Jenny shown here was left uncovered to show the detailed method of construction.

Service History

Delivered: 5/29/1918

Retired: 1927

 MFG: Curtiss First

Produced: 1916

Powerplant: Curtiss OX-5

Horsepower: 90

Prop: Custom Wood Service

Ceiling: 6,500 ft.

Cruise: 60 mph

Top Speed: 75 mph

Range: 267 miles

Empty Weight: 1,386 lbs

Gross Weight: 1,916 lbs

Wing Span: 43’8”

Wing Area: 352 sq. ft.

Length: 27’4”

Height: 9’10”

Armament: None

Number Built: 6,070 total

2,812 D Models

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