Curtiss JN-4

The Curtiss company began building these aircraft in 1915 and by about 1920 they had built almost 7000. They were cheap and reasonably stable in the air, and they became the staple airplane in the early years of civil aviation in the United States.  Charles Lindbergh bought one in 1923 and flew it for exhibition at county fairs. Grace Lampley walked and fell from the wing of one of these in the shows she and her brother’s girlfriend, Julie Thompson, developed for fairs and expositions in the northeastern U. S. in the mid 1920s.  Grace Lampley crashed a “Jenny,” as they known, in the pine barrens of New Jersey and survived.

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