The Standard J series of trainers were single-engined, two-seat military basic training biplanes supplied to the U.S. Army during World War I. They were regarded as inferior to the Curtiss JN-4 but were accepted as a stopgap because of insufficient supplies of the Curtiss product. Like the JN-4, the Standard enjoyed a career as a civilian barnstorming and training aircraft after the war, as a result of which, a number have survived to the present. They are easy to confuse with the JN-4, but on close inspection have a number of visual differences including slightly swept back wings and greater vertical spacing between the wings.
The Glenn Curtiss Museum displays this J-1 on loan from its owner, the Henry Ford Museum.
The Owls Head Transportation Museum’s 1918 J-1 appears to be a static restoration, as it carries no civil registration codes. The fuselage markings “Jones, Old Orchard” likely refer to Maine aviation pioneer Harry M. Jones, who started flying in 1912 and maintained an airport in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, into the 1930s.