Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful 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. Highlighted in this image is the engine of the Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful 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. Highlighted in this image is the engine of the Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful 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. Highlighted in this image is the engine of the Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful 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. Highlighted in this image are the propellers and engine of the Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    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.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful attempts the year before, Fred and Algene Key flew 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. Highlighted in this image are the tail and rudder of the Ole Miss.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful attempts the year before, Fred and Algene Key flew 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. Highlighted in this image is the Fuselage of the Ole Miss.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful attempts the year before, Fred and Algene Key flew 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. Highlighted in this image is the landing gear of the Ole Miss.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful attempts the year before, Fred and Algene Key flew 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. Highlighted in this image is the undercarriage of the Ole Miss.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful attempts the year before, Fred and Algene Key flew 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. Highlighted in this image are the propellers and engine of the Ole Miss.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful attempts the year before, Fred and Algene Key flew 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. Highlighted in this image are the propellers of the Ole Miss.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe "Ole Miss"

    In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsuccessful attempts the year before, Fred and Algene Key flew 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. Highlighted in this image is a wing of the Ole Miss.

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    Curtiss Robin J-1 (Model 50H) "Ole Miss"

    The Curtiss Robin J-1 (Model 50H) "Ole Miss" on display in the Golden Age of Flight gallery at the National Mall building.
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    Curtiss Robin J-1 Deluxe Aircraft

    The Curtiss Robin series was produced in the late 1920s and early 1930s as a 3-plane general aviation aircraft. 

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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.