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Use this link to the master linking hub to aircraft manufacturers relevant to this web site.

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The Web is loaded with references. Google "Waco +airplane" and you'll get over 800,000 hits.

Besides the National Waco Club (center column), notable are this brief history, and the Waco museum.

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An image of the Waco product line for 1931 is available at the Charles Cooper Photograph and Document Collection.

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WACO AIRCRAFT

OF THE DAVIS-MONTHAN AIRFIELD

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BACKGROUND

There were 107 landings by Waco aircraft between July 27, 1926 and November 6, 1936. The landings were made by at least 77 unique aircraft. With the aid of the National Waco Club, specifically President Andy Heins (credit, right sidebar), I was able to positively identify 71 of the 77 aircraft, comprising 17 different models.

The National Waco Club is recognized as the oldest "Type Club" in the United States. It took Andy and me about two weeks of exhilirating detective work and database comparisons to glean this information.

WHAT WERE THE AIRPLANES DOING?

Fairly, and not surprisingly, it can be deduced that these airplanes were being used for what most light aircraft of the era were used for. As they passed through Tucson, our Wacos were piloted solo, carrying passengers for pleasure or on business (sometimes VIP passengers, see below), being ferried, or racing.

Regardless of their use, they were born here, in the Waco factory in Troy, OH pictured below. This is an undated photograph from an advertisement.

Waco Factory ca. 1930s

With the National Waco Club's help, the 17 models of Register Wacos were positively identified as follows: ASO, ATO, BSO, CSO, CTO, DQC-6, GXE, INF, KNF, QCF-2, QDC, RNF, UBF-2, UEC, UIC, UKC and ZQC-6.

WHO WERE THE REGISTER PILOTS AND PASSENGERS WHO FLEW IN THEM?

Charlie Meyers was a Waco designer, engineering test pilot and successful race pilot.

Tex LaGrone was a Waco Dealer from the Kansas City area. His passenger, Clayton Bruckner, was the President of the Waco Aircraft Company during the entire time they were in business from 1924-1964.

Freddie Lund
Freddie Lund

Freddie Lund was the test pilot for the Waco Aircraft Company from about 1926 until his death in an aircraft accident (in Waco ATO NC661Y, not in the Register) during an air race in Lexington, KY in 1931. His passenger, Robert E. Lees, was the Sales Manager for Waco. While it is written clearly in the Register, the airplane they were flying to Tucson , 7583, is not a known Waco registration number. "Fearless" Freddie Lund, daredevil pilot, made the first outside loop in 1928 in a commercial airplane. His wife, Betty, was also a pilot.

Passenger Bill Lear. Probably one of Lear's early instruments was cargo in their airplane.

Pilot Lee N. Brutus was VP Waco Aircraft, Troy, OH.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE WHEREABOUTS OF THIS GROUP OF WACO AIRCRAFT TODAY?

The airplane John Livingston is flying here, NX7527, currently resides in the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, WI. It was a 1928 Waco ATO Taperwing. It is now a model CTO. Other Register Wacos are still flying, but many were "washed out" or otherwise disposed of. Explore the linkage table below to learn about them.

 

TABLE OF IDENTIFIED WACO AIRCRAFT OF THE DAVIS-MONTHAN MUNICIPAL AIRFIELD REGISTER

Registration Number Pilot Name Landing Date

 

TYPICAL WACO AIRCRAFT MODELS

Waco cabin. Although not a Register airplane, this example of the cabin type was photographed April 15, 2005 by your Webmaster at Lakeland, FL.

Waco Cabin NC14071, Not a Register Airplane (Source: Webmaster)
Waco Cabin NC14071, Not a Register Airplane (Source: Webmaster)

Tail of Waco NC14071. Note the trim tab on the rudder and the structural brace on the vertical stabilizer.

Waco Cabin NC14071 Rudder & Vertical Stabilizer (Source: Webmaster)
Waco Cabin NC14071 Vertical Stabilizer (Source: Webmaster)

 

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SPECIAL CREDIT

The National Waco Club is recognized as the oldest "Type Club" in the United States.  President Andy Heins runs the day to day business with the Club, and we should all thank him for the effort he expended to help us understand better the Waco aircraft that landed at the Davis-Monthan Airfield way back when. It took us about two weeks of exhilirating detective work and database comparisons to glean the information on this page.

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