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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:00 am

We at the University of Alaska Museum of the North extend our heartfelt thanks to the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 1129, for their long-term commitment to rebuilding the wings of Ben Eielson’s “Jenny,” the Curtiss JN-4D airplane that is once again on display above the baggage terminal in the Fairbanks International Airport. 

The following volunteers devoted thousands of hours to the project:

 Craftsmen: Corky Corkran, Eric Leif Johansen, Ted Kegler, Rick Kreofsky, Joe Michalski, John Morack, Jeffery O’Bryant, Al Renfroe, Phil Schad, Walter Weese and Stan Zielinski.

 Workers: Diane Choate, Rick Crisenbery, Bruce Dunkle, Jeffery Gilbert, Stan Halverson, Louis Knapp, Jerry Kreofsky, Larry Lysne, Francis O’Connor, Doug Peterson, Abigail Seaver, Robert Sullivan and Mike Talbert.

 Special thanks goes to Pete Haggland, who first contacted the Museum in 2004 to discuss the rebuild project and helped champion and shepherd it over the years.  

Last but not least, thanks to Roger Weggel, whose attention to detail, historical accuracy and sheer passion guided these many hands in crafting a set of wings that would make our early aviators proud.



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