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This information comes from the listings of Non-Prefixed and Non-Suffixed aircraft reviewed by me in the archives of the National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.


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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

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