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

12305 History

In going through more of the documents that I received from George Copland,  I found some history N12305.   Select All Aircraft above and then scroll down to N12305 and select the Curtiss Wright Junior logo in the left column.

634V Photographs uploaded

Jim Ladwig sent me some photos of one of his dad’s airplane.  Harold had once owned 634V in addition to 11804.  He flew 11804 on the airshow circuit in the 1950’s.  Go to “All Aircrafts” and select the photo next to the registration number for more information.  Thanks Jim.

Night Watchman Crashes a Curtiss Junior

From Popular Aviation August 1931


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:


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.

Uploaded photographs of 2 projects for sale

As I promised in the past post,  I have now uploaded some photographs of the two projects.

I often get emails from viewers looking for projects.  Here is your opportunity.  Select Classified above and view the ad,  photos, and contact information.  Let us keep them flying.

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?

Unidentified Aircraft – Mystery 6

Mystery 6 is going to include a number of photographs that I am trying to find the registration number, serial number,  date of photo or place of photo. Select Mysteries above and then select Mystery 6 – Unknown Aircraft. 

Thanks in advance.


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 Photos for Mystery 3

I just uploaded additional photographs for Mystery 3 which was previously identified.  The photographs were taken at the Uvdar Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport. Select Mysteries above and then Mystery 3. 

Curtiss Wright Junior project for sale — Make Offer

Received the following information from Nick Crate about a project that is for sale. Select the Classified above to see photographs.  Tell him you found it on curtisswrightjunior.com

1931 CURTISS JUNIOR CW-1    GOTTA SELL IT Pusher project.  Really nice fuselage, tail feathers.  Misc parts with current paperwork Make offer – Contact Nick Crate  704-954-0059

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.

New Information Received on N11810

In a package from the National Air and Space Museum archives, I received an accident report on N11810 that shows it was lost in a ground fire during starting in 1941.  Go to the aircraft on the “Aircraft” page and select the “Curtiss Wright logo” to view the report.

Important Information

FAA registrations now expire on a regular basis

In case you are not familiar with this, the registration for your airplane expires after a certain length of time. You may be thinking that registration is not important if your aircraft is on display at a museum, or is just setting in storage awaiting rebuild. Remember though, if you don’t renew that registration, your assigned “N” number can be put back on the “Available” list and it can be issued to another airplane. Not only can it issued to another airplane, the airplane file kept in Oklahoma City might go to archive and these archived files are often had to get. So even if you don’t have immediate plans to fly, make sure you keep the registration current. It is important that you keep the registration up to date. If you are having a problem keeping current on registration or have registration questions, drop me a line at randy@curtisswrightjunior.com

Information on aircraft located in Netherlands PH-AGZ serial 1105

I received an email from Jan Evert Leeuw from Enschede, the Netherlands.  He shared with me a website that had a photograph of this aircraft and another with some hsitory.  Select “Aircraft” above and scroll down to  N10923 (Registration PH-AGZ in the Netherlands.)

This is just one example where friends all over the world are helping in our search for the history of the Curtiss Wright Junior CW-1.  “Jan, thanks for the help.”

Serial number 1086 located

I found this on display in the Yanks Air Museum in Chino California.  While in California a couple of weeks ago, I was able to spend about 20 minutes at their facility before they closed for the day and I had to head back home.  The aircraft is currently N10860, but came put of the factory as N01904.  Yanks Museum will definitely be on my radar for a return trip. Select “Aircraft” above and then “10904” to see my photographs and find the link to their site.

More Uploads

You may have noticed that I just learned how to embed You Tube videos into the website.  Here is another one.  Jim Ladwig sent me this video (which I also found on You Tube).  It includes a scene of his father flying the airshow in Miami.  If you go to “Aircraft” on the left and then “11804” you can see the video.  It shows a couple of other aircraft before the Junior.  Make sure you have the sound turned up.

Uploaded history from N11804 and Harold Ladwig

Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to talk with Mr. Jim Ladwig a real expert in the history of the CW-1.  I met him and his wife at Oshkosh and Brodhead and he showed me a picture and told me about his father.  His father flew a CW-1 on the air show circuit in the late 40’s and early 50’s, but I will let him tell the story. Read it for yourself and see the video of his dad flying in an air show by selecting “Aircraft” on the left and then the photograph under “N11804”.  Thanks Jim!!!! 

Mystery # 3 has been solved!!!


This one was solved by Mr. Bob McBride of Arkansas.  He is interested in building a replica someday, so if you have any information, send me an email, and I will get it to Bob.  Go to the “Mysteries” page and select “Mystery # 3” link and you will find what the helicopter pictured below has to with a Curtiss Wright Junior.

Mystery Number 4 just uploaded

This mystery comes from Jim Bradshaw and concerns a relative of his,  Texaco Oil and Shawnee Oklahoma.  Jim is trying to identify the aircraft in the photograph which was flown by his relative.  Select “Mysteries” to the left and then “Mystery 4” and see if you can help us.


I Made Contact with the owner of N10966

I have been in touch of the owner of 10966.  He resides in Virginia and purchased the aircraft as a project and brought it down from New Jersey.  Go to the “Aircraft” page and select the photograph under 10966. There you will find photographs he supplied me of how it appeared when he purchased it.  The fuselage had been out in the weather for a number of years, but most everything else had been stored inside.  Looks like the aircraft is complete.  What a find.  More to follow.

New research information included on curtisswrightjunior.com

Last Thursday I received a large collection of research papers from George Copland of Duncan Oklahoma.  I spent most of the weekend digesting the material and only read through a portion of it. George has completed quite a bit of research on the Curtiss Wright Junior and he has entrusted me with  his data.  His research included correspondence from many of the owners of the Juniors from 50 or so years ago.  It appears that he spent quite a bit of time at the FAA records center in Oklahoma City going through their records.  He identified many of the aircraft and I took his research and added it to the aircraft included on serial number page of this web site.  With his serial number list and what I have found,  we have identified about 130 individual airplanes by registration and serial number. Unfortunately many of them are no longer with us.  Click on the link to “Serial Numbers” at the left and see what we have identified.  By looking at the color codes you will find some of what we know of their history. If you know of what has happened to any of the others, I would appreciate any  information that you would like to share.

More later about what I found in his research.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Package Received

I received a requested package from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  It is a listing of the historical information they hold on the Junior.  I will be ordering some of the drawings at a future date. Help!! Some of the drawings listed on the NASM report are from the 1970’s and include the name “Nelson”.  Does anyone know about these later drawings?  The package also contained a copy of an article published by Paul R. Matt on the Curtiss Wright Junior CW-1 published in Historical Aviation Album No. 11 June 1972.

Mystery Number 2 has been solved

by Jim Ladwig.  He recognized that aircraft as being his and that it was located at the EAA fly in  Rockford.  From what he says there was a Curtiss Wright Junior forum at the fly-in.  Although I was there, I did not know about the forum.  Was there anyone else in Rockford in 1968 that has found this site?   OK, there is one more mystery.  To find the mysteries, look to the left and click on “Mysteries”

N10965 has been located

It is apparently undergoing (maybe completed) at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington.  The NASM website shows that it was undergoing restoration at the Paul Garber restoration facility.  I believe that that restoration facility has moved to the Steven F. Udvar Hazy located at the Dulles International Airport in Washington.  It was not on display during my last visit about a year ago.  I have a friend that works there, so I will try to find out further information.  There are links under the N number on the “Aircraft” page that will take you to some of the articles.