History of Curtiss Jenny

  • Built in 1917, the Curtiss JN-4D also known as "Jenny" was commissioned by Glenn Curtiss to be designed by Benjamin Douglas Thomas, who formerly worked with Avro and Sopwith aviation companies in England.
  • The Jenny served as a trainer plane for beginner pilots in the U.S. Army Air Service during World War I. However, it  gained a more significant role in aviation history as a barnstorming and mail-carrying plane in the 1920s due to its affordability, ease of operation, and versatility.
  • With thousands of surplus planes available after World War I, the Jenny became the backbone of postwar civil aviation.
  • The Jenny is a U.S.-built, single-engine, two-seater World war I trainer aircraft. The engine is a 90-horsepower Curtiss OX5- engine. The airframe was made of wood, while the covering was made of canvas.