The Junior was created by the Curtiss-Wright aircraft companies out of an effort to capture the light aircraft market. During the era of the Great Depression, the Junior was inexpensive, easy to build and a safe to fly personal aircraft. Built to compete with the Aeronca C-2 and American Eaglet, this design by Karl White, Walter Beech and H Lloyd Child was derived from the earlier wood fuselage Buzzard.

Due to the unique placement of the engine, the CW-1 was referred to as a pusher. The first flight was in December 1930, and by 1931 over 125 Juniors had been sold for $1,494.00, the cost of a mid-priced automobile of the day.

The CW-1 was a popular aircraft and a welcome diversion from the companies almost exclusive production of military and heavy commercial aircraft. In 1932, production had halted, Karl White was hired by the Naval Aircraft Factory and Walter Beech left to start his own company.

Yanks acquired this aircraft in 2010.

DISPLAY STATUS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CURRENT LOCATION
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PURPOSE & TYPE MATERIALS ERA & DATE RANGE
Transportation Steel 1918-1939
PRODUCTION &
ACQUISITION
SPECIFICATIONS SERVICE HISTORY
MFG: Curtiss-Wright
First Produced: 1931
Number Built: 271
Armament: 

Acquired by Yanks in 2010

Wingspan: 39’6″
Wing Area: 176 sq.ft.
Length: 21’3″
Height: 7’4″
Empty Weight: 570 lbs.
Gross Weight: 975 lbs.
Powerplant: Szekely SR-3
Thrust: 45 hp.
Cruise Speed: 68 mph.
Maximum Speed: 80 mph.
Range: 200 miles
Delivered: 1931

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