Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" was one of a series of "JN" biplane built by the Curtiss Aeroplane Company of , later the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. Although the Curtiss JN series (the common nickname was derived from "JN") was originally produced as a training aircraft for the U.S. Army, the "Jenny" continued post-World War I as a civil aircraft as it became the "backbone of American post-war [civil] aviation." Thousands of surplus Jennys were sold at bargain prices to private owners in the years after the War and became central to the barnstorming era that helped awaken America to civil aviation through much of the 1920s.
This airplane trained a whole generation of aviators for WWI, she also was used by the U.S. mail to deliver mail to areas all over the country. This along with the death of Army pilots that tried to deliver the mail forced the Feds to upgrade the airports and navigation aids to assist pilots especially those that have to fly in crappy weather. This basis was later used by commercial pilots in the Post WWII era.
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