The Planes: 1917 Curtiss JN 4-D "Canuck" Biplane
Length: 27' 4"
Wingspan: 43' 7"
Weight (empty): 1,530 lbs.
Construction Materials: Wood (ash and spruce), fabric, braced
Builder: Canadian Aeroplanes Ltd., Toronto,
Number Built: 2,900
Engine Type: Curtiss OX-5, 8-cylinder,
90-horsepower, vee-type, water-cooled internal combustion
Engine Builder: Curtiss Aeroplane and
Motor Company, Buffalo, New York
Configuration: 2-pilot/passenger tractor
Maximum Speed: 80 m.p.h.
This type of plane is known as a “Canuck” because
it was built in Canada. The same plane, built in the
U.S., was known as a “Jenny,” slang for
the “JN” in the name.