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Curtiss-Wright Junior CW-1 Airplane

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Robert Henley
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#1 Posted: 3/5/2010 20:40:28

Anyone out there have a C-W Jr, either a replica or certified aircraft?  I am interested in learning more about its performance and ease to maintain or build.  Also anthing else you may know about the airplane.

 

Thanks

 

Robert



Steve Freeman
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#2 Posted: 3/11/2010 21:07:47

Robert


My brothers and I own a CW-1 Jr.  We have not flown it yet but I hope to this summer.  When we got the airplane it needed recovering which we have done plus a few minor modifications.  Currently I am overhauling a Continental A-65 to replace the Salmson A-9.  



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Robert Henley
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#3 Posted: 3/11/2010 21:29:30

Steve

 

Where is it based and is it certified or licensed as an experimental?  When you purchased it was it complete or did you have to fabricate some components?

There doesn't seem to be too many out there flying.  Of course there was too many of them built initially.

 

Robert



Garth Elliot
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#4 Posted: 3/11/2010 21:30:14

Somewhere in my "stuff" I have a complete set of drawings for the aircraft.  I hasten to say I have not looked at them for years....and they are fuselage drawings etc. etc. etc.  that someone did a long time ago...mostly center-to-center from welding cluster to welding cluster.

I think there was a problem in terms of the tubing sizes not being indicated.  However they might be useful for a project.

I also have a set of blueprints for the American Eaglet light aircraft, using the Continental A-65 engine.



Steve Freeman
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#5 Posted: 3/11/2010 22:34:38

Robert

The airplane was complete, however it was restored as a museum display with the engine not ready to run.  This aircraft is certified and located in Millington, TN.


Steve



Robert Henley
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#6 Posted: 3/12/2010 08:53:12

Garth

 

The CW-1 project I am considering has drawings with it.  The drawings much have been fairly easy for people to obtain.  The American Eaglet Replica I have was built from a set of factory plans by my dad.  It was completed in 1991.  It started out with an A65 but I put a C-85 in it once I got to Payson which is at 5,000 ft.

 

Thanks for your comments and offer to help.  I was hoping to find someone who could relate experiences in flying a Jr.  Everything I have read says it was a fun flying machine.  The Eaglet is fun but not very comfortable.

 

Regards

 

Robert



Robert Henley
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#7 Posted: 4/12/2010 22:11:33
Steve Freeman wrote:

 

Robert


My brothers and I own a CW-1 Jr.  We have not flown it yet but I hope to this summer.  When we got the airplane it needed recovering which we have done plus a few minor modifications.  Currently I am overhauling a Continental A-65 to replace the Salmson A-9.  

 

 

Steve

 

I have taken delivery of my CW-1 project.  The wing struts need to be fabricated.  If possible, I would like to see some pictures of your struts and the attachment fittings on the wings and fuselage.  You can e-mail them to me if you wish. Here is a picture of my project.  The wings are hanging on the wall behind the fuselage.

 


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Regards

 

Robert



Kerry Sim
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#8 Posted: 4/22/2010 19:05:54

Robert, there is a Junior which is owned by a fellow living near Bellingham WA. Currently, and temporarily it resides at the Skagit Aero Education Musuem www.skagitaero.com. I don't know if there are any pics on the museum site, though there may be. That being said, here are a couple of pics from me:

Cheers

Kerry


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Robert Henley
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#9 Posted: 4/22/2010 20:01:31

Kerry

 

Thanks for posting the pictures.  I have seen that airplane in other pictures on the Internet.

 

Robert



Pieter Prall
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#10 Posted: 8/31/2010 17:56:52

Hello there,

I just bought a Curtiss Wright Jr. fuselage frame and some few other parts. I will be looking for a set of drawings so the we can work on it. Would you happen to have the drawings that you had mentioned in you earlier post? Would it be possible to get a ciopy of them?

I will aslo be looking for various parts. Do you know of anything?

Regards,

Pieter Prall

pieterdprall@aol.com

973-668-2311

Boonton, NJ. 07005



John Craparo
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#11 Posted: 9/7/2010 08:20:33

Robert,

Barry Schiff has written about the airplane and flying one in his book about dream aircraft. 

http://www.airportjournals.com/Display.cfm?varID=0806022&PrintPage=True

I spoke to the gentleman at the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Florida who leads the restoration department there. He was candid in his assessment of flying the airplane.  That was about a year ago, you may want to call and ask some questions.

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in NY has one in their collection. You may want to give a call there to see if anyone can give you insight on how it flies.

John

 



John Craparo Georgetown, TX
Robert Henley
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#12 Posted: 9/18/2010 14:56:32

Pieter

The drawings I have are on microfiche and they came from the Smithsonian Museum.  You might check with them.  Maybe they have them available on more current technology.

I don't have any sources for Jr specific parts.

 

Robert

 

 



Robert Henley
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#13 Posted: 9/18/2010 14:58:37

John

 

I have been on vacation and I am just getting around to some of my e-mails.  Thanks for the leads on flying a Jr.

 

Robert



Pieter Prall
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#14 Posted: 9/18/2010 17:05:57

Robert, 

I contacted the Smithsonian and they are temporarily not taking orders for copies of aircraft plans and drawings as they are moving the archive. They will not be able to make any copies of plans until well into next spring at least. any chance of getting a copy from your set?

Pieter

973-668-2311



Robert Henley
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#15 Posted: 9/18/2010 22:06:58

Pieter

 

I haven't determined how to get usable prints from the microfiche and I am not too eager to let them leave my possession.  I am not sure I have a legal right to make copies and pass them out and I don't have time right now to research it. 

 

If you have a solution, feel free to propose it.

 

Robert



John Craparo
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#16 Posted: 9/29/2010 20:53:37

Robert,

You are very welcome.

Best,

John

 



John Craparo Georgetown, TX