1918 biplane on display at San Antonio Airport

"Jenny" hangs in Terminal B

Photo Courtesy: City of San Antonio, Aviation Department

SAN ANTONIO – Travelers who pass through Terminal B at the San Antonio International Airport will be treated to a little art and history thanks to a new partnership with the Witte Museum.

A 1918 Curtiss JN-4D biplane dubbed the “Jenny” is now hovering above the ticket counter lines in Terminal B. 

Planes like the one on display were used as a military trainer for pilots during World War I and as mail-carrying airplanes during the 1920s.

Katherine Stinson, who is the namesake for San Antonio’s Stinson Municipal Airport, flew the same type of plane to raise money for the American Red Cross during World War I.

“Only 2,800 biplanes were made and one of them is in SAT. This is the beginning of our plan to introduce travelers to more of our city’s unique aviation history and culture,” said Russ Handy, aviation director the city of San Antonio.  

 

 

 

Visitors will be able to read more about the plane’s history on information cards posted on columns underneath the plane.

Airport officials say this is the first of many planned collaborations between the airport and cultural organizations in the city.


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