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Glenn Hammond Curtiss was an aircraft pioneer as a founder-member of the Aerial Experiment Association in 1907 and eventually formed what became the world’s largest aircraft company, which however rapidly faded away after WW2. The Curtiss Aeroplane Company was set up at Hammondsport, New York, in 1910, which soon in 1916 became the Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Corporation. Curtiss was the father of US Naval aviation, both training pilots and supplying aircraft, particularly flying boats. In 1915 the “Jenny” appeared, which as the JN-4 trained over 95% of US wartime pilots along with many other Allied pilots. After WW1 production included airliners and racing aircraft, which transformed into a range of bombers and fighter aircraft. In 1929 the old rivals Curtiss and Wright merged to form the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. 1935 saw the birth of the Hawk family of stressed-skin monoplane fighters, developed into the P-40 series during WW2. Although Curtiss-Wright had become a huge empire by 1945 with major plants at Buffalo, St. Louis, Louisville, Kenmore and Columbus, post-war projects did not thrive and the company collapsed.
O.w. Nichols lic3255 and rebuilt Jn4 Jenny My father and Herman Phenegar in field At Grandville Ohio where my father instructed himself to fly ...
New 2000 travelair from factory My fathers 2nd airplane purchased from money hauling passengers in jn4 jenny. O.W. Nichols lic3255, ...
Curtiss P-40N Warhawk This aircraft (NX1232N) was warming up at the American Airpower Museum. Location: Farmingdale, NY...
Curtiss C-46 Commando A picture from the old shoebox showing a Transair Curtiss Commando (SE-CFD) being refueled and reloa...
1944 Curtiss SB2C-5 NX92879 Curtiss SB2C-5 "Helldiver", 1944, Bu.# 83589. Photo @ Hemet AP, CA. June 10-2006. PS: The ...
USAF Transporter Curtiss-Wright C-46F "Commando" WWII Transport Aircraft N53594 Curtiss C-46F "Commando", 1944, S/N 478663. Photo @ Castle AP, Calif...
Curtiss-Engels Bumble Bee Albert J. Engel began flying in 1911 and during 1912, ‘13 and probably ‘14, kept this pontooned ...
Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk 41-35918 Photographed at the Fighter Factory in Suffolk, Virginia, in 2006. Originally manufactured in Buffa...
Curtiss Model JN4-D This military trainer from 1917 was photographed in the Virginia Aviation Museum on 10 September 20...
Curtiss R3C-2 Racer In 1925, the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company built a fast racer that it quickly sold to both the...
Curtiss JN-4D Jenny N3712 In the colour scheme of its first owner in 1918, the USAAC at March Field, California, this Jenny wa...
Curtiss P-40C Warhawk 41-13390/G-TOMA/N2689 The world's only known P-40C in flying condition, c/n 194, photographed during a BAES visit to the P...

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