Project Description

This authentic 1918 Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" was the oldest airworthy aircraft in Canada when it last flew in 2009. It was built by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company in Buffalo, New York, in May 1918.

During the First World War it was stationed in Waco, Texas and was used for training pilots.

After the war it was owned and flown in Uruguay by a Hungarian pilot who had flown for Germany during the war. In 1929 he put the Jenny into storage where it sat until purchagsed by an American missionary in 1971 and repatriated to the United States. Unable to complete the restoration process, he sold it to Jack Johnson in 1977. After 21 years of painstaking work, Johnson's Jenny took to the skies again on July 16, 1998.

The Curtiss JN-4 Jenny, and its Canadian counterpart the JN-4 'Canuck' were the first aircraft produced in large numbers and widely used as trainers durng the First World War. After the war many Jennies were purchased by private pilots. A Curtiss JN-4 Canuck called "Edmonton" was also the first aircraft flown by Edmonton's fledgling commercial aviation company, May Airplanes established by brothers Wop May and Court May in 1919. (The "Edmonton" Canuck is now on display at the Royal Alberta Museum.)


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