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.