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  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, advice 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

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

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.


Ok,   we have another project for sale.  I have heard from the owner of N 11822 and he wishes to sell it.  Select Classified above for details and photographs

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

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

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

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.   

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, order it had a 65hp continental and has cub wings, and 1182 is just a fuselage.” You

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

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

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.

683v added History

I just up-loaded historical information on N683V, prescription   Select All Aircraft above.  Then scroll down to 683V and select the logo in the left column.

Help 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

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 1931 CURTISS JUNIOR CW-1    GOTTA SELL IT Pusher project.  Really nice fuselage, advice 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,

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 while searching information on the CW-1.  He was researching his grandfather,  Autrey Monsey, treat 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

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

New Information Received on N11810

In a package from the National Air and Space Museum archives, try 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

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

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, search 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, look but came put

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

Uploaded 3 Szekely Videos

I have posted three videos of Szekely engines that are running.  Two were taken at a EAA chapter picnic.  The other one is an old film of  Leonard Wallenberg’s airplane.  Select “Szekely” above.

A Curtiss Wright Junior on Floats???

This CW-1 Junior is on floats.  Imagine that EDO Corporation put their floats on it.  The photograph is located under Aircraft and 10963.  Select the photograph on the page and you will see a larger version.  Thanks to Jim Ladwig for the photo.

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

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. 

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

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