Registration Number 2694
A Jenny for Fun
This aircraft is a Curtiss JN4D, S/N 45256. The Curtiss Aeroplane
& Motor Company built it, date unknown. It was fitted
with a Curtiss OX-5 of 90 HP, S/N M-4823, built on 3/14/1918.
It weighed 2,200 pounds.
The first record of ownership was a purchase from Andy Anderson,
San Diego, CA on 3/25/1927. The purchaser was Joseph Lewis,
625 Loomis St., Los Angeles, CA. There was no record of how
Mr. Anderson acquired the airplane.
This Jenny landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield twice, both
times piloted by C.A. Sweet flying solo. The airplane is logged
as a “Hisso Jenny”, yet it left the factory with
an OX-5. There is no record of an engine change during the
ten or so years before it landed at the Airfield.
The first visit was on 7/28/1928 at 3:15 PM. Mr. Sweet was
inbound from Compton, CA and departed at 3:30 PM for El Freda, AZ.
The second visit was the next day on 7/29/1928. He arrived
from El Freda at 7:15 PM. He stayed overnight and departed
at 4:00 AM for Los Angeles.
Subsequently, on 8/17/1927, the aircraft was sold to George
Willis Tyson, Jr., Long Beach, CA for $600.00. It was in turn
sold on 10/30/1927 for $500.00 to Oceanic Investment Co.,
Inc., 143 West Broadway, Long Beach, CA. A Hispano-Suiza Model
I engine was installed, it was re-covered with fabric, and
a “DeHaviland wheel” installed. The airplane was
used, “for recreation and entertaining friends.”
Later, when there were no answers to government inquiries,
the registration was cancelled on 5/7/1930.
UPLOADED: 6/9/05 REVISED: 01/24/08