Curtiss Jenny rebuild by Blue Swallow Aircraft, LLC

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  1. Mar 18, 2015 #1

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    I thought I would share a few pictures of the original 1918 Curtiss Jenny we are wrapping up, right now. The aircraft came to us requiring a great deal of work, including overhauling the Curtiss OX5 engine and making new wing spars.

    You can see more details on our web page and YouTube page.

    Thanks,

    John Gaertner
    Blue Swallow Aircraft, LLC

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  2. Mar 19, 2015 #2

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    Wow, makes an Eagle look pretty simple. Nice work.
     
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    Looks beautiful John! Can't wait to see it in person......and flying!

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  4. Mar 19, 2015 #4

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    Nice!

    The Jenny is the plane that made me fall in love with biplanes. At 15, I was working at the Museum of Flight and helped move in and assemble their Jenny. She is a beaut....
     
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    Great looking work! I really like seeing the old engines flown. And I think Ranger parts are hard to come by...


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    That's one BIG project you undertook. Nice job !
     
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    Are there other Jenny projects ' out there'?

    Besides the 3/4 metal one?

    The Jenny is a lot bigger then most bipes, a 7/8s one is heavier then most other current ones. Its been a favorite of mine since I visited the museum at Hammandsport NY.
     
  8. Dec 10, 2015 #8

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    Hello Jake,

    We specialize in Curtiss Jenny work. We have a "project" aircraft for sale that included 3 OX-5 engines. We are working with several other owners who are restoring or building their own Jennies. Please contact us for more information. (434) 295-7177

    John Gaertner
    Blue Swallow Aircraft, LLC

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    I would love to see more pics of this one as a work in progress. Are they available? This one looks great.
     
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    Jake,
    Their web site blueswallowaircraft.com has some photo galleries with many pictures of the Jenny project.
     
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    Thanks , checking it out. Much eye candy.:)
     
  12. Mar 15, 2018 #12

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    i came across this Jenny in Virgina back in 11. he had someone else do the work to this point but it was a beut this don't know if it ever got flying.

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    Hello Forum,

    I see someone asked about a restoration DVD on the Curtiss Jenny we restored. We sell several aircraft restoration DVDs on our web site. www.BlueSwallowAircraft.com including one with pictures and details of this project.

    Regards,

    John Gaertner
    Blue Swallow Aircraft, LLC
     
  14. Mar 16, 2018 #14

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    What fabric do you use on these treasure?
    If original should you use the fabric they had back in 1918?
    I would guess the fabric and dope they used back then would be hard to find today.
    What would it be, cotton or Irish ?
     
  15. Mar 16, 2018 #15

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    This plane was covered with Irish Linen and dope. It was finished with a coat for traditional shellac varnish. That was what was used when the plane was originally built. These materials are still available.

    Please visit our web site for more details.

    http://www.BlueSwallowAircraft.com

    John Gaertner
     
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