Jack Johnston’s generous donation of his precious Curtiss JN-4D (Jenny) is one of the largest donations ever made to the museum. It was also a complicated job to dismantle the 100-year-old airplane and move it to the museum.
The team involved AAM Curator, Lech Lebiedowski along with museum volunteers Brian Mackenzie, Mark John, Daryl Bazin and Pierre Valois. Greg Davis and Buck Hills from Historic Aviation Services drove up from Wetaskiwin to provide the expertise to dismantle the valuable aircraft properly. Thanks as well to Brad Ellis and the crew from CSL Trucking for hauling the airframe and wings the hour-long journey from Westlock to the museum.
Once we got the aircraft to the museum, it still took some maneuvering to get it into its temporary display spot at the front of the museum.
For now the aircraft will be shown without its massive 43-foot-wings. We are raising money for a more fitting raised display, which will show the complete aircraft in flight. If you would like to help us show off this magnificent aircraft in the proper setting you can make a donation online here, or email us for other payment options. Please mark the donation “Jenny display.”
You can read more about Jack Johnson and his Jenny here.