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Curtiss JN-4D Jenny

15.9k F104Deathtrap  2.2 years ago
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Auto Credit Based on EternalDarkness's Trainer Challenge [CLOSED]

Note to mobile users: This version has almost 900 parts. If you have trouble running it, try the mobile version HERE

Top Speed: 75mph

For cruising, set the throttle to 75% and she will automatically level out at 60-65 mph.

When the United States joined her allies in the First World War, there were fewer than a hundred pilots serving in the Army and civil avaiation was almost non existant. France and England had outpaced the US in aircraft technology and they were eager to lend planes, but America needed combat pilots. Badly. The most widely manufactured American aircraft of the Great War wasn't a fighter, or a bomber or even a scout. With a top speed of only 75mph, she was completely unsuitable for combat but she was sturdy, easy to build and cheap to maintain.

Almost 7000 Jennies were built in factories scattered across the United States and Canada. Most of them went up for sale at discount prices when the war was over and by the 1920's you could buy a Jenny for the same price as a Model T Ford. Over 95% of US pilots trained in a Jenny and when many of them returned from the war, unwilling to give up flying, they bought used JN4D's and tore across America as flight instructors, couriers and travelling daredevils. Most Americans had never even seen an airplane in flight before, outside of photographs in the newspapers. The Curtiss JN4 was the aircraft that pioneered civil aviation in North America, not by virtue of her performance or quality, but by sheer numbers. The first air ambulances were Jennies, many of the first passenger flights were in Jennies and when the US Postal Service set up the world's first airmail delivery routes, they purchased a small fleet of Curtiss JN4-HM biplanes.

This was the plane that taught America how to fly, I present her as a Vintage Trainer in EternalDarkness Trainer Challenge and as the first installment of my Golden Age of Aviation series. Special thanks for SpiritusRaptor for his cockpit instrument designs.

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General Characteristics

  • Predecessor Trainer Challenge [CLOSED]
  • Successors 1 airplane(s)
  • Created On Windows
  • Wingspan 44.8ft (13.7m)
  • Length 28.1ft (8.6m)
  • Height 10.6ft (3.2m)
  • Empty Weight 1,181lbs (536kg)
  • Loaded Weight 1,933lbs (877kg)

Performance

  • Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.245
  • Wing Loading 1.1lbs/ft2 (5.2kg/m2)
  • Wing Area 1,833.0ft2 (170.3m2)
  • Drag Points 14226

Parts

  • Number of Parts 869
  • Control Surfaces 7
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    @Trainzo Thanks!

    2.1 years ago
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    29.0k Trainzo

    Just extraordinary. Fantastic job.

    2.1 years ago
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    Haven’t got the chance to work on it since finishing the wing. Schoolwork and fortnite with the bois have my schedule filled to the brim. @F104Deathtrap

    +1 2.1 years ago
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    @BaconAircraft I don't post very many planes. Easy to miss me if you're not on the site for a few days. How's that crazy Learjet coming along?

    2.1 years ago
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    @F104Deathtrap No problem man, I don't know how I managed to miss your great builds despite having multiple small conversations with you on this site over the past months.

    2.1 years ago
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    Hey, thanks @BaconAircraft

    2.1 years ago
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    2,167 Davisplanez

    ...speechless...

    2.1 years ago
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    @chancey21 I'll check it out.

    2.2 years ago
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    60.4k Chancey21

    It’s in progress and I need the engine now, look at my recentest post for scale... @F104Deathtrap

    2.2 years ago
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    5,570 iPilot

    This plane is an absolute beauty to fly

    2.2 years ago
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    @Cinnabar I've got a teaser up click here to check it out.

    2.2 years ago
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    @Cinnabar Thank you very much! I'm finishing the next one right now. I almost had it done when I discovered EternalDarkness' challenge, and the Jenny seemed like the perfect plane to introduce the 1920's and 30's so I dropped everything and got to work.

    2.2 years ago
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    AMAZING WORK! Really, this thing is awsome! I can't wait to see the other craft in the series.

    2.2 years ago
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    @Notvarysimpleplanes I hadn't considered people did replicas there. Makes sense tho. Cool

    2.2 years ago
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    @SpiritusRaptor Thank you very much! And thank you for the cockpit instruments.

    2.2 years ago
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    457 Zomborg

    Like this plane in gmod

    2.2 years ago
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    Very well done - love the wings!

    +1 2.2 years ago
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    60.4k Chancey21

    On mine @F104Deathtrap

    +2 2.2 years ago
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    66.6k Authros

    Well deserved, I especially love the detail around the engine housing. @F104Deathtrap

    +1 2.2 years ago
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    @Authros Thanks for the spot!

    2.2 years ago
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    @Kerbango Thanks for the support

    2.2 years ago
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    @chancey21 Yeah, was it on mine or someone else? Its because I scale the rotors way huge and then the engine way small, so the props look normal but the cone is tiny.

    2.2 years ago
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    60.4k Chancey21

    EXAXTLY I HAD THAT BUG TODAY WITH SCALED PROPD @F104Deathtrap

    2.2 years ago
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    @chancey21 Sure, just looks like a box with a wheel and some panels. I can make the propellers too, but they'll have to go on last because they glitch out if you touch them (try to adjust the props on this Jenny if you want a good laugh).

    2.2 years ago
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    60.4k Chancey21

    Can you make the engine from the flyer? @F104Deathtrap

    2.2 years ago
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