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Private companies used Jennys

At the end of the First World War, the Curtiss JN 4 Canadian was widely available in both Canada and the United States, as the planes were used to train pilots in both countries.

The government moved to liquidate training aircraft they no longer needed. These surplus aircraft quickly became the most commonly seen plane flown by civilian aviation companies. The JN 4 was used in barnstorming demonstrations at summer fares, freighting, passenger transport, and surveying. The JN 4 became known as a, "Jenny," a "Canadian," or a "Canuck."

A JN 4 Canuck delivered the first airmail in Canada in June 1918 between Montreal and Toronto. It was also the Jenny that carried out aerial surveys in Labrador for the first time in July and August of 1918.

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