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Main Training Aircraft
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Main Training Aircraft in Canada

The Curtiss JN 4 was an aircraft much improved in design from the Curtiss JN 3 as a result of recommendations from the Royal Flying Corps (RFC). Most air training that was carried out in Canada and then later, by the United States Air Service, was completed on the JN 4 Canadian aircraft that was built in Toronto.

When the United States requested that the RFC travel to Texas in the winter of 1917 to 1918 to train Americans who were establishing their own air force, the JN 4 was used.

As training continued in Canada, the JN 4 was the first aircraft to be fitted with skis and flown in winter conditions for training.

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