Curtis Jenny Trainers

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Curtiss JN-4 (Jenny) Plane

Glenn Curtiss, a former motorcycle racer and builder of lightweight powerful engines, began assisting in aircraft design in 1907. The “June Bug” that he and others in the Aerial Experiment Association developed won a number of prizes and races in 1908-1909.

In 1916 he and British engineer worked together to design a tractor (front propeller) plane. They modified the design to serve as a military training plane. The U. S. Army, which at the start of World War I had few planes and few pilots began purchasing the JN-4s in 1917. By the end of the war, over 2,000 had been produced and had been used to train 95 percent of American and Canadian pilots.


Curtis Jenny training planes


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