Wright J-5 “Whirlwind”
The J-5 is an advancement of the WWI Liberty Engine motivated by the US Navy’s requirement for a light weight engine for its fleet aircraft. Charles L. Lawrence, racing engine designer/builder, was developing air cooled engines, when he, Glenn Curtiss and Wright Aeronautical were invited by the US Navy to competitively develop a lighter engine for its new class of aircraft. Upon Lawrence’s appointment as president of Wright Aeronautical the Wright J-5 was developed. The J-5, later designated R-790, is everything an air cooled engine can be – powerful, light weight and very easy to maintain. A modified version was manufactured for the specially built Ryan aircraft flown to France by Charles A. Lindberg, a nonstop flight of 33 hours. It is the forerunner of all Wright air cooled engines.
Open to the public:
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WINGS OF EAGLES AND SWEET-N-SAUCY CATERING WILL BE CLOSED ON LABOR DAY - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd.
339 Daniel Zenker Drive
Horseheads, NY 14845
Tour our 25,000 sq ft hangar with aircraft on display inside and outside. Experience our collection through static displays, self guided mobile tours and flight simulators. Take home a momento from our Gift Shop to remember your visit and grab a bite to eat at the Wings Cafe. ‹more›