N661V

📌The next aircraft that I have information on is N661V, Serial Number 1043. The photograph and the following information was received from Alex Davidson: “I got into historical research on the beginning of the (Curtiss) Essex airport Caldwell NJ (KCDW). In the process I have collected some of the Curtiss-Wright Review Magazines.” The attached is … Read more N661V

644V

📌 N644V Serial Number 1026. This airplane was manufactured March 31, 1931. It had a short life as there was a notice in the records that it had been “totally wrecked” by June 22, 1931. It was registered to Continental Airways in Chicago at the time of cancellation. My research does not show any connection … Read more 644V

N663V

I bought this photograph of N663V in an auction.  Unfortunately I have no further information.  Please help me fill in the history.  Do you recognize the aircraft of where the photograph was taken?  You can reach me at 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 … Read more Mystery 9

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 … Read more Update

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

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 … Read more Night Watchman Crashes a Curtiss Junior

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 … Read more The rest of the “rest of the story”

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 … Read more Individual Aircraft Histories

Video of N10962

I found this video on line of Chris Price and Paul Seibert flying around the Brodhead Airport during the 2012 Midwest Antique Airplane Association “Grassroots” fly-in at Brodhead Airport.   I am planning on seeing you two at “Grassroots” this year. Randy Select here to see the video.   

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 … Read more Interesting Fact on N11851 Serial Number 1225

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 … Read more Help

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, … Read more New information on N 698V, N11868, and N11869