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1917 'Flying Jenny' Biplane on View at Ira G. Ross Aerospace Museum | Arts & Culture

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1917 'Flying Jenny' Biplane on View at Ira G. Ross Aerospace Museum

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Almost 300 local aerospace dignitaries and supporters attended a private event on September 16th at the Ira G. Aerospace Museum in the HSBC Arena. The event celebrated Western New York’s contributions to aerospace history and the return of a 1917 Curtiss JN-4 "Flying Jenny."

The JN-4 is one of the most popular two-seat biplanes of all time. Over 7,000 were built – most of them right here in Western New York. Its most important role was for training American, Canadian, British and French airmen during World War I.

After the war, the Flying Jenny had a second career as the preferred aircraft for a generation of barnstormers who thrilled spectators in aerial pageants across the nation.

Due to the overwhelming response at the formal celebration and the public showing last weekend, the Ira G. Ross/Niagara Aerospace Museum at the HSBC Arena will be open weekends through October 17.

On display will be the Curtiss JN-4 and other unique aviation displays including an early Bell Helicopter, a new display of Buffalo-built products, and the famous Rocket Belt used in the James Bond movie “Thunderball”.

The hours of operation are Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free. Contributions will be gratefully accepted.

The Aerospace Museum (www.wnyaerospace.org) is one of three cultural/tourist attractions clustered at Buffalo’s developing waterfront area called Canal Side, and is located in the HSBC Arena, behind the Sabres Store with the entrance on Seymour Knox III Plaza, at the foot of Main Street. Ride the rail and get off at the last stop to visit. The Museum is a short walk from the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park and is next to Canal Side.


The founders of the Ira G. Ross Niagara Aerospace Museum believe that the rich history of the Western New York aviation and aerospace industry should be preserved, displayed and utilized as an educational asset. Formerly known as the Niagara Aerospace Museum, it was re-christened in honor of the late Ira G. Ross, who headed Cornell Aeronautical (now Calspan Corporation).

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