Handles help get a grip on biplane

The FHC’s Curtiss Jenny has a pair of handles on its bottom wing. While they seem a bit odd, they are actually quite useful for operating the plane.

The Jenny has no brakes, so when the engine is fired up, crewmen can hold onto the big training airplane until the flyers are ready to go. And when the plane comes in for a landing, crewmen can catch and maneuver the aircraft for the pilot.

We use the handles to move the Jenny around in our hangar. On a delicate, cloth-covered airplane, it makes a great place to grab to carefully coax the aircraft into position.

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