The Curtiss 0X-5

In a class by itself

But there remained a passionate, committed group of OX enthusiasts that continues to this day. In 1955, Cliff Ball formed a group known as the OX-5 Aviation Pioneers in Pennsylvania. Its motto was “Aviation history by those who lived it.” Other groups, clubs, and museums continue to provide venues for OX-5 enthusiasts, historians, and restorers. Today, 100 years after its original design, the Curtiss OX-5 continues to draw crowds at fly-ins where the old-timers don’t even have to look up as one takes off, usually saying, “Yep, you can always tell an OX-5.” And then the stories begin.

Scott M. Fisher is an A&P and received his training at Dakota Aero Tech in Fargo, ND.

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