1929 Taperwing WACO (WACO CTO)
NC763K sn# A140
1929 Taperwing WACO

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I have flown this Taperwing, 'Wiley T. Waco' about 420 hours since it was redone by Bob White in 1989. When I purchased it the original fuselage tubing was a mess. I chose another fuselage frame from his collection. Most of the hardware was not reconditioned, just preserved. All wood was new. The wood and fabric is very good. Wiley T. sleeps in an environmentally controlled environment, in an addition to my house. I has been in the sun, probably less than 3 total weeks of it's life.

The silver wings and tail feathers were dope covered with some non meltable clear coat. Over time the paint cracked and it was difficult to make re-glued tapes look nice. About 2 years ago I took it apart, and repainted the bottom wing and elevator. The repaint revealed really good fabric and wood.

During repaint the excellent condition of the wood and fabric was confirmed.


December 4, 2015 *** Link to Wing Rigging. 1929 Taperwing W

August 15, 2015 *** Link to Shock strut overhaul. 1929 Taperwing W

*** Link to detailed pictures of wing redo.
*** Link to detailed pictures of fuselage and tail feathers.
*** Link to detailed pictures of assembly hardware.

The first flight after reassembly, in April 2011, showed that I had enough brains during disassembly to ensure the maintenance of proper rigging. Center section rigging was maintained and the landing wires were not loosened during disassembly. After reassembly the Taperwing flew in perfect trim.

After a couple of test flights it was time to reward my assembly crew of 4 with a flight. Somehow that crew of 4 became 10 (including the support crew of the support crew). I’m not into giving rides in the Taperwing. I am selfish and prefer this aircraft for personal joy. With the front cockpit covered it is 5 MPH faster plus makes me feel like a 1920’s Air Corps pilot...but, the few rides I give are well remembered.

Taperwing waiting for passengers.

Loading the Taperwing. Preflight Talk: “This is a 1929 Taperwing WACO. It has a Wright Whirlwind engine, designed in 1928. It is the next version of the Whirlwind which came after Lindbergh’s crossing of the Atlantic. Note that it has seven cylinders. At least 4 of the cylinders still work which gives us a safety factor since I think it would still run OK on 3 cylinders. … If you are scared, you will be happy to know that your feelings are shared. I’m scared too. … but I’ve developed a good attitude should we be worried that we may die … there is a fairly good chance that we may live.”

With the passengers comforted by my Preflight Talk, we taxi out for take-off.

Airborne. The Whirlwind gets you airborne quickly even if you’re hauling the football team.

I am reminded that flight in a 1929 Taperwing is an extraordinary experience to the non-vintage aviator. Somehow, I forget this until giving occasional rides. Anyway, the few rides I give are well remembered and free beers seem to flow for a couple of months after such rides.

We made it again. Getting good at this. Wonder if I can get a contract flying the mail.


-Wright R760-8, 235 HP, 250 SMOH
-102" Hamilton Standard Ground Adjustable Propeller, 270 SMOH
(This aircraft has paperwork approved for installation of Wright R760-E2 (derated to 320 HP) and HS 2B20 Constant Speed Propeller)

42 Gallon Main Fuel Tank
31 Gallon Center Section Tank (top wing)
73 Gallons Total

Fuel Burn - 12 to 15 GPH. 12.5 GPH @ 115 MPH

7:50 X 10 tires with Hays Brakes (I ordered the rebuild with Cessna 310 Clevelands and the FAA equipment list shows them, but the re-builder died and the guys finishing off the airframe put the Hays Brakes on.) Still have the new Clevelands but they need different spacers. I also have 30x5 wheels.
Rudder Bar
Outrigger Style landing gear.
Scott 3200 Tail Wheel

Jasco 50 amp alternator, 2 Grimes retractable landing lights, Grimes nav lights, Grimes cockpit flood, Old style Rotating Beacon Housing with modern slow flash beacon. Collins Com.

The Taperwing WACO is known as the best flying of the Roaring 20's aircraft. Excellent aileron authority accompanies great elevator and rudder authority to make the plane a joy to fly when maneuvering, sightseeing or landing. The Taperwing has a rich history as described in the book by Ray Brandly which is available from the National WACO Club. With 2 passengers up front the joy is shared by more passengers. This aircraft is always the front plane in the hanger, eager to give rides to neighbors as well as those reading this description who haven't experienced the Taperwing.

Taperwing WACO

I've heard of some Taperwings coming out of rebuild looking beautiful but missrigged for flight trim as well as landing track. This aircraft was no exception. After it came out of rebuild in 1990 I reset the wing rigging, had landing gear axles re-welded, and reset the center of gravity to produce a flying machine to which you [look forward] to flying.

The rear windscreen is about 2 inches wider than standard. You can fly with just sunglasses even with the airflow spillage over the front windshield. The front windshield comes off in about 5 minutes and 7 dzus fasteners secure a tri-fold front cockpit cover. This is the perfect winter setup. I have flown a 1.5 hour flight to Wisconsin in 18 degree weather with this setup. For business cross-country flights, the front cockpit holds more luggage than you can use. Night flying is a joy in this Taperwing. 2 huge grimes retractable lights flood the runway with light. The antique grimes nav lights light up wisps of snow. You become a 1920's air mail pilot.

The front flight controls pull out in 15 minutes and a cover installs over the aileron/elevator gimbal to ensure that passengers can't interfere with the flight controls.

Taperwing WACO