The Curtiss J-1 Robin "Ole Miss"


Ole Miss - 2 O'Clock

Forward Fuselage

Lower Forward Fuselage

Note: Fuel Sump

Powerplant Installation
Note: Venturi's

Powerplant Installation

Note: Mechanical Brakes

Jury Struts
Note: Pitot Tube

Strut Fitting

Ole Miss - Empennage

Two brothers, Al and Fred Keys took off from Meridian Mississippi on June 4, 1935 and landed nearly a month later on July 1, establishing a world endurance record of 653 hours, 34 minutes. The brothers had to cope with cramped quarters, severe thunderstorms and an electrical fire. Their airplane was a modified Wright Whirlwind powered Curtiss Robin which they named Ole Miss. Through a sliding hatch in the cabin roof, they received 432 deliveries of food, supplies, fuel and oil from another robin. The forward cowls of Ole Miss were removed and a walkway added to the forward fuselage to allow inflight engine maintenance and lubrication. Their was also an extra fuel tank added in the aft cabin, atop which the brothers took turns sleeping. During the flight the whirlwind consumed an estimated 6,500 gallons of fuel and 300 gallons of oil.

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See Ole Miss at the National Air and Space Museum