Major Henry J. Giere

I received the following email and photographs  from Michael Giere concerning his father:

“Sir, I found your website and email address when I was researching a Memorial Day story about my father, a life-long pilot with over 19,000 hours, who was killed in 1969. I’ve enclosed a photo taken in 1936 of my father leaning against a CW Jr when he was 17. I’ve taken the liberty of attaching the article I wrote about him. He would have been 100 yrs old this month.
(My father, second from left squatting with crew somewhere in the south pacific.)
 
With warm regards and best wishes.”
(Michael Giere)

 

George K. Jehanian (looking for information)

Rust and Grease Grandpa’s Shop was a blog-post I found a couple of years ago. Apparently  the blog owner was the grandson. I have attempted to contact the owner, but have had no luck.  The grandfather had an automotive repair shop in West Philadelphia in the 1930’s.  His name was George K. Jehanian.

It also appears that he was the owner of one of the Curtiss Wright Junior’s.  Attached are a couple of photo’s from Rust and Grease.  Any information you might have would be appreciated.  randy@curtisswrightjunior.com

Thanks,,,,, Randy

Mauldin

This photograph came from “Brownsville Station” Facebook site.  Their caption read: 1931  “1921 “Learn to fly for $100 (11 hours) in the New Curtiss Wright Junior.  Rides $1.00. Les Mauldin – Brownsville Airport’ written on a custom-made spare tire cover; his daughter Junita on bumper.  Photo taken in McAllen Texas.

Thanks,,,,, Randy

Mystery 9

Here we go with the next mystery.  This one is in the form of a question:

 “What major airline operating today (although merged with another air-carrier and now uses the other carrier’s name), once owned and operated a Curtiss Wright  Junior CW-1.  

Don’t just guess, but have a rationale for the choice you make.

Email me at randy@curtisswrightjunior.com

Thanks,,,,, Randy

N11810 — This is an Interesting Story!

Below is a portion of an email I received from Chris Harbourt.

Hi Randy,
Great website!  I have a picture of my grandfather Leonard DeLalio on
Long Island NY when he was the owner of this plane as a youth maybe
16ish.  Attached a photo and a picture of a model he made of the plane
later in life.  Your records showed it was lost to fire in the 40’s
with a different owner, but here is a picture of that airframe earlier
in its life.

Thanks Chris, for your story and the photographs of your father and his model. 

If anyone else would have something to share, please email me randy@curtisswrightjunior.com

 

It is about time

It is about time, Randy.  I have promised to update the website and add additional information.  I am now using a new theme and page builder.  I am trying to bring some color into this sites life.

The major change that you will see is in the “All Aircraft” dropdown.  I divided the aircraft into 5 different sections by Registration Number.  It should help in page loading speeds.  

I am still loading information into the “History” and “Photograph” selection for each of the airplanes.  

I am still looking for any information that you might have.  Send it to Randy@cutisswrightjunior.com.

Thanks,,,,, Randy

Update

For those of you that know me, you know that I have recently retired.  I am sure your question is, “Why have not you updated the site, since you have all this free time?”  Good question.  I will be updating it some, but I am spending most of my web time developing a new Curtiss Wright Junior site.  Data in tables on the current site seems to occasionally reorder itself.  One table list entries and dates in chronological order, but then re-orders them.

I am correcting them and, as I said, rebuilding the site using new tools and templates.

Watch for further updates.

 

Mystery 8

Select Mysteries and go to Mystery 8  Person above to see a photograph I just uploaded.  I received the photo with a number of others, but I am not sure whom is in the picture.  Any help would be appreciated. Email me at randy@curtisswrightjunior.com.  Thanks

Night Watchman Crashes a Curtiss Junior

From Popular Aviation August 1931

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Night Watchman Crashes a Curtiss Junior

CHARLES MURRAY, 20-year-old student pilot and night watchman at the Denver,  Colorado,  Curtiss-Wright aviation filed, was tired of staying on the ground. It was 5:30 a.m. and none of the officials would be at the field for several hours, and by that time the thrill of an early morning flight would be gone. The possibility also existed that the field officials would deny him the privilege of taking a   plane. Murray eyed a shiny new Curtiss-Wright Junior parked in the hangar.

“Who would be the wiser if I took the junior up for a flight and then put it right back?” Murray thought.

The sight of the plane was too much for the air-minded youth, and he pulled the plane out on the field and took off. The flight was huge success, Murry told Capt. Ralph Hall, the field manager until he prepared to land, AND THEN,,

Murray was within fifteen feet of the ground when he made a sudden turn, which caused the plane to nose dive. The youth crawled out from beneath the wrecked plane with a badly cut face and a wrenched shoulder.

 

Blakesburg Iowa and Brodhead Wisconsin

I spent parts of the last two weeks at fly-ins at Blakesburg and Brodhead.  The weather at Blakesburg was excellent with just the right amount of sun, clouds and wind.  The airplanes on display were outstanding and the sky was continually filled with action.

The second week was at the Brodhead fly-in.  There are a total of three Curtiss Wright Juniors based there.  We spent one afternoon gathered in a hangar talking of the CW-1.  There were 5 CW-1 owners among us.  Maybe next year we will have 6 owners.  Consider joining us next year.

In between the two fly-ins, I spent some time at an interesting airport in Poplar Grove, Illinois.  There are many interesting airplanes based there.  There is a marvelous aviation museum there.  If you are ever in the area, make sure to stop by.  Poplar grove airport’s identifier is C77.

Classified Update

Project N11822 has been sold and listed as such on the Classified link above.  We look forward to seeing it in the air again.  Remember, there are still two more projects listed for sale.  Don’t miss your chance of buying one.

The rest of the “rest of the story”

In the last post I asked the following question; In the 1930’s what political event in the country of Venezuela concerned a Curtiss Wright Junior CW-1?  The fist correct I got was from Freddie Pedrique.  Here is his answer:

YOU ARE  TALKING ABOUT  NC11848  S/N 1222 BOUGHT BY MR. MARCOS SARCOS  PORTILLO IN 1932. THIS AIRCRAFT WAS CONFISCATED IN VENEZUELA BY GRAL. JUAN VICENTE GOMEZ,  DICTATOR OF THAT COUNTRY,   WHO FEARED THE AIRCRAFT COULD BE USED TO HELP OVERTROW HIS GOVERNMENT.

I asked the above question after receiving information from another viewer of the website.  That original information came from Alejandro Irausquin Aeronautical Engineer, Civil Aviation Historian / LAAHS

Read the entire story by selecting Mystery 7 under the Mysteries tab above.

The Rest of the Story

I always enjoyed the Paul Harvey programs called “The Rest of the Story.”  I have just posted Mystery 7 to the Mysteries link above.  It is not so much a mystery as it is a fact brought to my attention by one of our readers. The question is:

In the 1930’s what political event in the country of Venezuela concerned a Curtiss Wright Junior CW-1?

An aviation historian in Venezuela sent me information last week that answers the question.  I will give the rest of you a couple of weeks to get me the answer before I tell “the rest of the story.”  You can leave a comment above this page or send me an email randy@curtisswrightjunior.com.  It is a very interesting story and helps us  track the history of one specific CW-1.

Individual Aircraft Histories

I have gathered a lot of photographs and history on over 150 of the  Curtiss Wright Junior airplanes built.  To see those photos and read what specific airplane history I have found,  select All Aircraft link above,  find the registration number for the airplane  and then select the photograph or logo to the left of the registration number.  The history and photographs come from a various sources.

2 CW-1 Junior Projects for sale

I have been contacted by the owner of 2 Juniors.  N11803 and 11804.   He states that ” my father owns two Curtiss Jrs. Including SN 1182  and the other is the previous SN,  1181.  The latter is covered and is ready for an engine, it had a 65hp continental and has cub wings, and 1182 is just a fuselage.” You can call Mike Hanson at 312-547-9992.  Photos will be uploaded later.

N623V Information posted

I have uploaded information that I have found on the aircraft.  623V was the first aircraft built.  It is interesting to note that the first paperwork shows  that it is a CR-2 Skeeter and the Type is a CR 1.  It also show that the serial number started out at 3002.  There is a copy of a later letter to the Aeronautics Branch of the Department of Commerce from Curtis Wright asking to change  the serial number to 1012 and the designation from the “Skeeter” to the “Junior.”  I see nothing that officially changed to CR-1 to the CW-1.  The CW-1 shows up in later records.  To see my synopsis of the records go to All aircraft above and select the photograph of 623V.

10939 has a new home

10939 flew many years on the airshow circuit.  It is now at the Eagle Mere Air Museum in Pennsylvania.  Dave Binns flew this plane in the 1950’s on the airshow circuit.  I saw a photograph of it on their website and it is in its airshow colors.  .

Interesting Fact on N11851 Serial Number 1225

In going through some paperwork on Serial 1225,  FAA records show that for a couple of years (1932 – 1933) this plane was licensed “Experimental” as it was demonstrating the use of an  Augustine R-4-40 engine.  Elsewhere in the file, it states that it was a two-cycle air-cooled engine.  At that time it was registered to a Norman P. Augustine of Buffalo New York.  It is interesting that the registered owner and the engine name are the same.  Anyone know about an Augustine engine?

Help

Curtisswrightjunior.com is gathering any historical information that you might have about the Junior.  If you have any stories to tell, photographs to share or any other information, please contact me.

Does any one know where I can get microfilm printed?  I finally found a reader at one of the local libraries, but it doesn’t print blueprint size.

Thanks,, Randy

New information on N 698V, N11868, and N11869

I found a copy of “List of commercial and touring aeroplanes registered at the Air Communications Bureau” of Mexico .  The list is dated November 30, 1931 and includes the following aircraft:,  X-BAEN was issued to N698V, serial 1060, engine serial number 865.  X-BAES was issued to N11868, serial number 1236, engine serial number 1125.   X-BAEU was issued to N11869, serial number 1239, engine serial number 1126.

N10923 aircraft in the Netherlands

I just uploaded a photograph of this aircraft taken at the crash scene in the Netherlands.  The aircraft crashed on January 28, 1934. and the photograph came from the accident report.  The report is in Dutch and I am trying to get it translated.  Select All Aircraft above and then select the photograph for N10923.

N10998 and N10993 History

Recently I received an email from Bob Woods. He found curtisswrightjunior.com while searching information on the CW-1.  He was researching his grandfather,  Autrey Monsey, who lived in San Angelo, Texas. His grandfather and another a man named Truitt Young were killed in the wreck in N10998 on November 20, 1932. He sent me copies of the death certificate which gave a narrative of the accident. He also sent a copy of an estate inventory that shows that Autrey owned two aircraft. In addition to 10998 serial number1176 that was wrecked, he owned 10993 serial number 1171. Also  provided to me was court document that reveals that 10993 was sold to Luther Reed on October 20, 1933 for a sum of $150 with an interesting stipulation: “… as a part of the consideration for the sale of such aeroplane that the same will be put into licensable condition by the purchaser within six months of this date …”

Thanks for the information Bob.  Because of you we have information on two more aircraft.

Looking for Weight and Balance information

I received an email from long time CW-1 historian and owner of numerous Curtiss Wright Juniors over the years.  His assistance has been invaluable in gathering information for this web site.  His father owned N11804 and that story is on the “Aircraft” page. Any help would be appreciated.

  Hi Randy,

I am getting around to working on balance and trim calculations for the CW-1.  For almost 50 years I have had a used copy of the book Technical Aerodynamics by K.D. Wood, which features the CW-1 in many of the exercises, but I have not yet worked out those problems.

Getting a copy of the weight and balance sheets for existing Juniors would be of great help to me, especially those powered with the Szekeley engine.  I am trying to calculate how much nose weight is needed with a Continental engine installed.

Owners can write me at
Jim Ladwig
5354 Newton Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419.