Waco Updates Its Classic Biplane

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Waco Classic Aircraft, of Battle Creek, Mich., announced this week that it has overhauled its YMF-5C biplane, adding many new features and upgrades, and is now introducing the YMF-5D. "This new model of aircraft delivers greater performance than ever before," the company said in a news release. It has more horsepower, thanks to a new Jacobs R755-A2 300-hp engine, and the weight of the aircraft is lower, due to design changes and the expanded use of lightweight materials.

The new model, which will start deliveries in October (pending the FAA's OK), will also feature a new Sensenich Taper Tip prop, a deluxe leather interior, new lightweight carbon fiber wheel pants and fairings, and an upgraded avionics package. Plus, it will include as standard an advanced feature most desired by aviators everywhere -- a cup holder. The three-place biplane is a fully FAA-certified aircraft, based on a design that was first certified in 1935, and is also certified for Europe by EASA. Prices start at $395,500. The new model will be on display at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh next month.