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.