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McMann flew a Curtiss JN-4 Canuck, popularly known as a “Jenny.” Manufactured in Canada during World War I as a training aircraft for Canadian and British pilots, about 1,200 were produced and many were sold as war surplus.

Visionary pilot’s dreams dashed, but aviation took hold in Monmouth

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Lt. McMann planned to establish a flying school in Monmouth in 1921.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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