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Jenny: The Airplane That Taught America to Fly
David Weitzman (au) (il)
Barely 40 years separate the Wright Bros. flights & those of the first jet aircraft. The WW2 pilots who were the first to fly those jets learned to fly in little cloth & wooden biplanes, the aircraft of the 1920s & 1930s. One such airplane was the Curtiss JN4 “Jenny,” known as the “Model T of airplanes” because it was the first aircraft to be mass-produced. After WW1, surplus Jennys flooded the market, becoming the airplane of choice for barnstormers & early airmail pilots -- & the one in which famous aviation pioneers, from Charles Lindbergh to Amelia Earhart to Bessie Coleman, learned to fly. This book imagines the experience of flying a Jenny. Line drawings show how an aircraft was made during a time when building airplanes was a craft. Illus.
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