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by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 2: The Biplane Era, Curtiss and Curtiss-Reid biplanes biplanes

Canadian Warplanes of the Biplane Era, Curtiss and Curtiss-Reid biplanes

Data current to 8 Sep 2019.

(City of Vancouver Archives Photo)

Curtis HS-2l, RCAF Reg. No. G-CYDU, dropping a parachutist, ca 1920. 

 (Photo courtesy of the Shearwater Aviation Museum)

Curtiss HS-2L (Serial No. 1876) being launched at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 1918.

 (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Curtiss HS-2L (Serial No. G-CYAH) on the water.  

 (RCAF Photo)

Curtiss HS-2L, RCAF (Serial No. G-CAAC) on the water. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 338992)

Curtiss HS-2L, G-CADQ, Ontario Provincial Air Service, 1925. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643591)

Curtiss HS-2L, G-CYDS, Canadian Air Board, 1 July 1921.  

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643587)

Curtiss HS-2L, G-CYDT, Canadian Air Board, Victoria Beach, Manitoba, 3 Aug 1921. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3643588)

Curtiss HS-2L, G-CYDT, Canadian Air Board, Victoria Beach, Manitoba, 3 Aug 1921.  

 (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Curtiss HS-2L, G-CACT, Northern Air Service. 

 (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Curtiss HS-2L, G-CAAC, Laurentide Air Service, on the water, cA 1920s.  

 (Author Photos)

Curtiss HS-2L, Laurentide Air Service, hull (Serial No. A1876), (2901-H2, wings of NC652), G-CAAC.  This is the only complete HS-2L in the world. It is a reconstruction of G-CAAC La Vigilance, which belonged to Laurentide Air Service Limited, the world’s first bush-flying company.  The original La Vigilance was the company’s first aircraft; it was built in 1918 and made the first bush flight in Canada in 1919.  That same year, Stuart Graham, Canada’s first professional bush pilot and a member of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame, began his civilian career in La Vigilance, and his wife, Madge Graham, became the first Canadian woman to participate in flight when she accompanied him between Nova Scotia and Quebec.  On 2 September 1922 La Vigilance crashed into Foss Lake, Ontario, where it remained until 1967, when Donald Campbell of Kapuskasing reported the location of the wreck at the bottom of the lake.  The hull, along with metal parts and fittings from the aircraft, was retrieved by the Museum during a salvage operation between 1968 and 1969.  The original hull was preserved separately and is displayed next to the reconstructed aircraft, which was built using parts from three different HS-2Ls.  Restoration of this HS-2L lasted from 1970 until 1986, making it the largest and longest restoration project the Canada Air & Space Museum has undertaken.  (CA&SM)

Curtiss HS-2L (30) Reg. Nos. G-CYAE-G-CYAH, G-CYBA, G-CYBB, G-CYDR-G-CYDU, G-CYDX, G-CYDY, G-CYEA, G-CYEB, G-CYED, G-CYEF, G-CYEJ-EL, G-CYGA, G-CYGL-GU.

 (City of Vancouver Archives Photo, AM640-S1-: CVA 260-2057)

Curtiss JN-4D trainer, ca 1918. 

 (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3194479)

Curtiss JN-4, C332, in flight.

 (Library & Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390045)

Curtiss JN-4D formation, ca 1918.  

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390048)

Curtiss JN-4 (C282), Ottawa, 26 Aug 1918. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390073)

Curtiss JN-4, C282, Winnipeg, Toronto, 27 Aug 1918.  

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3408621)

Curtiss JN-4, Victory Loan Parade, 1917. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3408632)

Curtiss JN-4, Victory Loan Parade, 1918.  

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390042)

Curtiss JN-4, Long Branch, Quebec, 13 Oct 1915. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3404197)

Curtiss JN-4 aircrew gunnery training, Camp Borden, 1917. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3404272)

Curtiss JN-4 Lewis Gun, aerial gunnery training, Camp Borden, 1917. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3404263)

Curtiss JN-4 with .303-inch Vickers Machine Gun mounted for training, School of Aerial Gunnery, Beamsville, Ontario, 1918.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3404168)

Curtiss JN-4 with synchronized .303-inch Vickers MG, Camp Borden, 1917. 

  (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Curtiss JN-4D, No. 13. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No.  3390052)

Curtiss JN-4, RFC, School of Aerial Gunnery, Camp Beamsville, Ontairo, 1918.  

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390045)

Curtiss JN-4D formation flight, ca 1920s. 

  (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Curtiss JN-4D. 

 (Author Photo)

Curtiss/Canadian Aeroplanes JN-4 Canuck, RFC (Serial No. C1347), G-CAAI, G-CATE, "City of Edmonton".  Reynolds Aviation Museum, Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No.  3390051)

Curtiss JN-4s fitted with skis, Camp Leaside, Ontario, 1917. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No.  3404496)

Curtiss JN-4s fitted with skis, Camp Leaside, Ontario, 1917. 

  (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

Curtiss JN-4D, G-CYDC. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3194478)

Lecture on rigging, Curtiss JN-4 Canuck, School of Aviation, Royal Flying Corps Canada, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, ca. 1917. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3404545)

Curtiss JN-4 used as an air ambulance, Camp Leaside, Ontario, RFC, 1918.  

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3404546)

Curtiss JN-4 used as an air ambulance, Camp Leaside, Ontario, RFC, 1918. 

Curtiss JN-4 Canuck (Jenny), (10) Registration No’s G-CYCN-CP, DC-DG, DV, DW. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3204718)

Curtiss Reid Rambler Mk. II, RCAF Reg. No. G-CYXC.

Curtiss-Reid Rambler Mk. I (7), (Serial Nos. 145-150), A62 (ex CF-BV), Mk. II (2) Reg. Nos. G-CYXC, G-CYXD, for a total of 9 aircraft.

 (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)

 (Photo courtesy of the Canadian Aviation Preservation Association)