New Ownership For Classic WACOs

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A new owner and management team have taken over the WACO Classic Aircraft Corp., in Battle Creek, Mich., which manufactures the WACO YMF-5 Super 1930s-style radial-engine biplane. Peter Bowers, president of Centennial Aircraft Services, also based in Battle Creek, will now be president of WACO as well. WACO will continue to manufacture and support traditional aircraft, as well as provide maintenance and services for GA piston aircraft, according to a news release. Bowers also plans to expand the company's restoration and maintenance services for vintage and historic airplanes.

The company has manufactured FAA-certified biplanes under the original 50-year-old WACO type certificate since 1986. In 1991, the WACO YMF Super was introduced, with a wider cabin, more legroom, increased useful load, a balanced rudder and a large front entry door. The company will have an airplane on exhibit at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, coming up next month.