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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


Curtiss JN-4D Jenny
Designed as a trainer for the U.S. Army Air Service, the Curtiss JN-4 first flew in 1916. Known popularly as the "Jenny," the JN-4 taught thousands of Allied pilots to fly during World War I. After the war, surplus Jennys were widely used for "barnstorming"-traveling air shows-and they opened the first scheduled air mail service.
The JN-4D featured a 90-horsepower Curtiss OX-5 engine. The Army ordered Curtiss to convert six JN-4Ds for the U.S. Air Mail Service by installing a larger 150-horsepower Hispano-Suiza engine and a mail compartment. These airplanes were redesignated as JN-4Hs.
The Smithsonian acquired this Jenny in 1918.
Transferred from the U.S. War Department
Wingspan: 13.3 m (43 ft 7 in)
Length: 8.3 m (27 ft 4 in)
Height: 3 m (9 ft 11 in)
Weight, empty: 630 kg (1,390 lb)
Weight, gross: 871 kg (1,920 lb)
Engine: Curtiss OX-5, 90 hp

Transferred from the U.S. War Department.

Manufacturer: Curtiss Aeroplane Company

Date: 1917-1925

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Wingspan: 13.3 m (43 ft 7 in)
Length: 8.3 m (27 ft 4 in)
Height: 3.0 m (9 ft 11 in)
Weight: Empty, 630 kg (1,390 lb)
Gross, 871 kg (1,920 lb)

Materials: Airframe: Wood Covering: Fabric

Physical Description:Single-engine, two-seat, U.S.-built World War I trainer aircraft; 90-horsepower Curtiss OX-5 engine. Tan wings, brown and blue fuselage.

Inventory number: A19190006000

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