People looking for something interesting to see this summer shouldn’t miss seeing America’s top fighter plane in World War I at the Kickapoo Airport in Wichita Falls, Texas, 140 miles northwest of Dallas. And some like Wichita Falls mayor Glen Barham might even want to take a flight in the Curtiss Jenny.
Wichita Falls oil icon Bill Bolin, an avid supporter of the Museum of North Texas History, and the Kickapoo Airport where the Curtiss Jenny is housed, recommends people come out the first Saturday of every month to view the beautiful plane which dominated the skies of World War I.
“It’s really worth seeing. There are only five of these planes still operational anywhere in the world,” Bolin said.
Bolin, one of the most respected businessmen in Wichita Falls, is a big fan not only of the plane, but also of the Kickapoo Airport. He previously stored an antique automobile from 1916 that he once owned in one of the hangars.
Robert Seabury, well-known Wichita Falls real estate developer, has been pushing the Curtiss-Jenny for several years now. He once spoke at the University Kiwanis Club of Wichita Falls about the aircraft which some have referred to as the most important plane in American aeronautical history.
“If’s a wonderful experience and one that no one should miss,” Seabury said when he spoke to the Kiwanians.
Recently he spoke to the Kiwanis group about a horse race at Kickapoo Airport which was a fundraiser for the Curtis-Jenny. The horses raced down dirt tracks on the Kickapoo Airport grounds in 100 degree heat recently to raise money for this worthwhile cause.
“I hope the horse race will become an annual event. The Curtiss-Jenny is a piece of history well worth preserving. The races can raise a lot of money so we can take care of Jenny.”
Bolin is a part of the famous Bolin oil family which has generously contributed to many worthwhile charitable projects not only in Wichita Falls, but all around the world.
“Sometimes we have a hard time finding someone tall enough to get the propellors started,” Bolin said. “It takes somebody reallly tall.”
“Everyone should come out the first Saturday in August and watch this magnificent plane fly,” Bolin said. “It’s really something. And David Martin is a pilot known around the world for his ability to fly this and other types of planes.”
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