Weaver Aircraft Company of Ohio

Weaver Aircraft Company of Ohio

Weaver Aircraft Company of Ohio (WACO) was an aircraft company located in Troy, Ohio, USA. Between 1919 and 1946, the company produced a wide range of civilian biplanes.

WACO's history started in 1919 when businessmen Clayton J. Brukner and Elwood Junkin met barnstorming pilots Charley Meyers and George Weaver. Although their initial floatplane design 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 Invasion and Operation Market Garden. The CG-4 Hadrian was 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 II failed 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 Aircraft company 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 Museum in Missouri.


External links

* [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]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Weaver Aircraft Company of Ohio — ou WACO est un ancien constructeur aéronautique américain basé à Troy (Ohio). Entre 1919 et 1946, la société produisit une grande variété d avions civils biplans. L histoire de WACO débuta en 1919, lorsque les hommes d affaires Clayton J. Brukner …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Waco Aircraft Company — Industry Aerospace Predecessor Weaver Aircraft Company Founded 1919 Defunct 1947 Headquarters Troy, Ohio, United States …   Wikipedia

  • Weaver — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Weaver », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Weaver est un mot anglais qui signifie… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • List of aircraft manufacturers T-Z — NOTOC This is a list of aircraft manufacturers sorted alphabetically by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)/common name. It contains the ICAO/common name, manufacturers name(s), country and other data, with the known years of… …   Wikipedia

  • List of aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Royal New Zealand Navy — This is a list of aircraft of the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Royal New Zealand Navy. List of aircraft alphabetically by manufacturer(manufacturer, number owned or operated by New Zealand forces, model name, any airframes surviving, serial… …   Wikipedia

  • WACO Classic Aircraft — Infobox Company company name=WACO Classic Aircraft company logo= company type=Privately held company foundation=1983 key people= industry=General Aviation location=Battle Creek, Michigan products=WACO Classic YMF num employees= homepage=… …   Wikipedia

  • Troy (Ohio) — Troy Luftbild von Troy, Ohio Lage in Ohio …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, 1950-1974 — This is a list of notable accidents and incidents involving military aircraft grouped by the year in which the accident or incident occurred. For more exhaustive lists, see the [http://www.baaa acro.com/ Aircraft Crash Record Office] or the [http …   Wikipedia

  • Liste von Flugzeugtypen/T-Z — Liste von Flugzeugtypen A B C D E H I M N S T Z T U V W X …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Liste von Flugzeugtypen/T–Z — Liste von Flugzeugtypen A–B C–D E–H I–M N–S T–Z T – U – V – W – X – Y – Z Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 T 1.1 Tachikawa Hikōki (Tac …   Deutsch Wikipedia