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Oshkosh AirVenture (Second) Plane of the Day: WACO YMF-5D Biplane

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This is what I envision pilots like Amelia Earhart or Dick Dastardly piloting, with silk scarves, goggles and leather flying helmets.  And that's exactly how the WACO Classic is marketed: a vintage flying experience.  It's an open cockpit, bi-winged aircraft that does a variety of acrobatics, and combs the ground low enough to smell the roses.
This particular model was built by WACO Classic Aircraft Corp. out of Battle Creek, Michigan.
WACO Classic
Side View of the WACO YMF-5D Biplane

This WACO Classic has a cruising speed of 123 mph, and never exceeds 214 mph.  Its Stall Speed is 59 mph, which is about how slow you'll see it go when it performs loops (which it's known for).
WACO Classic Tail
WACO Classic from the Back

I'm a huge fan of this plane, but I'm a sucker for old school aviation designs.  But what do I know?  If you have any cool stories involving this plane, or recommendations about the next plane I should go searching for, please leave it in the comments section of this post!
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