Posts Tagged ‘Waco’

Found — Waco in Sam Lyons painting

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

It wasn’t really lost, but the 1993 Waco used for Sam Lyons’ painting of a Waco flying past a home on Florida’s Intercoastal Waterway was recently discovered in Uvalde, Texas, where it is owned by Sierra Industries. The home in the painting belonged to the owner at the time who lives on Florida’s east coast. Thanks to for use of the photo of the painting.

Barnstormers storming to the Midwest this year

Friday, April 13th, 2012

If you can get to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Illinois this summer, you’ll have a chance to drink in some mighty nice antique aircraft and hang out with the folks who fly them. The American Barnstormers Old-Fashioned Tour is making its every-other-year appearance in August. Weather permitting, you’ll see 14 aircraft and their costumed pilots, and even purchase a ride.

The airplanes will swoop into five cities this year. Pilot and PR coordinator Sarah Wilson says the tour has been scaled back just a bit from previous years (when it debuted in 2006, there were 15 biplanes and they toured nine cities).

“We just weren’t sure we could do it this year,” she says. Pilots come from all over the nation–in airplanes that average speeds 100 mph or less–to form the tour. But the “core group”–those pilots who have participated from the beginning–said, “Please, let’s do another one,” Wilson says. The pilots will remain three days at each stop, giving them more time between legs.

Here’s the schedule:

New to the tour this year are Wilson’s 1929 Stearman Model 4E; a 1937 Waco YKS-7, and a Curtiss Pusher.

My colleagues Al Marsh and Mike Fizer joined the group for their inaugural tour in 2006. (You can see the article, video, and photos here.) Al recalls without the least bit of nostalgia the heat wave that ensnared Michigan that July. With temps reaching 105, he wondered how the tour pilots handled it in their heavy costumes.

Still. Flying with biplane pilots on a tour of the heartland? Steven Tyler, you can keep your Rock ‘n’ Roll fantasy camp. This one’s more my speed.

Almost as good as the real thing?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

If you can’t afford a Waco (or a fighter jet, or an SR71 Blackbird) of your own, is a giant poster that hangs on your garage door almost as good? The folks at* seem to think so. After you fork over 169 Euros (roughly $235 at today’s exchange rates), please check in and let us know. By the way, the aforementioned jet is the top seller.

*Thanks and a tip of the AOPA ballcap to Aeromot on the AOPA Forums.