Monday, April 22, 2013

Photos: 1923 Curtiss Jenny pioneer airplane restoration

Fairbanks residents are anticipating the return of their most iconic aviation artifact to Fairbanks International Airport this fall.

The 1923 Curtiss Jenny flown by aviation legends Ben Eielson and Joe Crosson was removed when the terminal was expanded and it settled into a lengthy refurbishment under the care of the Pioneer Air Museum and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), FAI chapter - Chapter 1129. Coordinated by member Roger Weggel, an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) instructor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Jenny has been taken apart and reassembled with great care. But Weggel is quick to point out this isn’t a new plane. This Jenny will never be museum quality. Rather, the Eielson/Crosson aircraft sports evidence of work done by all the men who took care of the aircraft the past 90 years, including highly regarded Alaska mechanics Jim Hutchinson and Frank Reynolds.

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