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Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

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This object is on display in the Golden Age of Flight exhibition at the National Mall building.


In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsucessful attempts the year before, Fred and Algene Key took Ole Miss up from Meridian, Mississippi on June 4 and did not touch the ground again until July 1, for a total time in the air of 653 hours and 34 minutes, or 27 days. During the flight, the Keys received fuel and supplies 432 times from another aircraft. They braved severe thunderstorms and an electrical fire in the cabin before returning to a safe landing in Meridian.

The Curtiss Robin series was produced in the late 1920s and early 1930s as a 3-plane general aviation aircraft. Ole Miss varies from a typical Curtiss Robin by virtue of modifications made for the flight, including a new fuel tank, engine servicing catwalk, and a sliding top hatch for receiving supplies in flight.

Gift of Algene and Fred Key

Manufacturer: Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company

Date: 1928-1930

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Wingspan: 12.5 m (41 ft.)
Length: 7.7 m (25 ft. 6 in.)
Height: 2.44 m (8 ft.)
Weight, Empty: 760 kg (1,675 lbs.)
Weight, Gross: 1,145 kg (2,523 lbs.)
Engine: Wright J-6-5 (R-540F) Whirlwind, 165 hp

Materials: Fuselage: steel tube covered with fabric Wings: wood with fabric

Physical Description:108E. Three-seat light cabin monoplane. The Key brothers set an endurance record of 653 hours and 34 minutes, June 4-July 1, 1935 in the Robin. Wright J-6-5 engine. High-wing, tailwheel design.

Inventory number: A19560041000

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