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Tech of the past: Curtiss JN 4-D

Flight technology advanced fast -- so fast, in fact, that by World War I planes were a common combat device. After the war, many American pilots returned home and found jobs stunt flying at fairs, circuses, and carnivals. This 1917 Curtiss JN 4-D "Canuck" plane was used for such "Barnstormer" shows.

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