- Weaver Aircraft Company of Ohio
WACO's history started in 1919 when businessmen Clayton J. Brukner and
Elwood Junkinmet barnstormingpilots Charley Meyersand George Weaver. Although their initial floatplanedesign was a failure, they went on to found the WACO company in 1920 and established themselves as producers of reliable, rugged planes that were popular with travelling businessmen, postal services and explorers, especially after the company switched to producing closed-cabin biplanes after 1924.
During World War 2, WACO produced large numbers of
gliders for the RAF and US Air Force for airborne operations, especially during the Normandy Invasionand Operation Market Garden. The CG-4 Hadrianwas the most numerous version produced.
The WACO company ceased operations in 1946, having suffered the fate of a number of general aviation companies when an anticipated boom in aviation following
World War IIfailed to develop.cite web | url=http://www.centennialofflight.gov/essay/GENERAL_AVIATION/WACO/GA3.htm | title=WACO Aircraft Corporation | last=Guillemette | first=Roger | work=U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission | accessdate=2006-10-10] The WACO Classic Aircraftcompany began in 1986 building its WACO Classic YMF, an upgraded version based on WACO's type certificated design.
In America, WACO (referring to the aircraft) is usually pronounced "wah-co" (the first syllable pronounced as in "water"), not "way-co" like
Waco, Texas. There is a large collection of WACO biplanes at the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museumin Missouri.
* [http://www.wacoairmuseum.org Waco Air Museum Troy, Ohio]
* [http://www.michaelmccafferty.com/adventures The Spirit of Adventure: Flying the USA and Europe, low and slow in a Waco open-cockpit biplane]
* [http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/manuscripts/ms109.html Wright State University's archive of Waco records]
* [http://www.rtptv.homestead.com/rtpcarolinabarnstormers.html AeroSpace Show - (RTP-TV 2003) Video Story On Waco BiPlane ]
* [http://www.wacoclassic.com/ Waco Classic]
* [http://www.chet-aero.com/waco.php Waco ZQC-6 Photos]
* [http://albertaaviationmuseum.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=41 Alberta Aviation Museum]
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