Popular history has a way of making icons of some aircraft and almost ignoring others.
In the case of American World War I biplane trainers, the Curtiss JN-4 and JN-6 Jenny series of biplanes are undisputed icons of their era.
But there was another American trainer of 1917-18 that all too often gets lumped in with the Jenny in well-meaning but erroneous photo identification. It is the J-1 Standard biplane.
Its general configuration bears some remarkable similarities to the Jenny, but there are also some salient differences. [Read more…]