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FS: WACO 1930 Taperwing CTO airplane on ebay

Jerry

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Thanks, DL... good to know.
 
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Yea you just don't bastardize a waco, it gets the real waco people upset.
 

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If I remember correctly that airplane was restored by Jack Greiner. I am sure KK can provide some more details to those who may be interested since the airplane spent a little time at KE. As for Straightwings being converted to Taperwings, only certain serial numbers were eligible. There are many current flying Taperwings that do not fly very well, mainly due to the location of the upper wing being too far forward or too far aft. I am not saying this particular Taperwing flys badly, just be aware that some are particularly challenging. There are some Straightwings flying that have weight and balance issues also. Most airplanes of this period were tail heavy airplanes. When so many changes are made to an airframe (wings, engines, wheels, brakes, tail skid to tail wheel, etc,) it is most important to do your homework and do the work involved (scales, plumb bobs, etc) to rig the airplane properly and in balance.
In reading through the topics of rigging here on the forum, there are some VERY smart people participating on this forum. Please take advantage of this resource. I know I do.

Fly safe,
Dave
 

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...As for Straightwings being converted to Taperwings, only certain serial numbers were eligible...
Thanks. I was not aware of that. I had been under the impression that the fuselages, tail, etc were identical and you could essentially unbolt one set of wings and bolt another on. Pretty neat idea. Brandley's Taperwing book shows this to be a very late Model 10 (I don't have the Straightwing book). S/N 3225 N845V (5/29/30) was Art Davis' last Taperwing and S/N 3234/N830V (6/3/30) was the last US-destined Taperwing built. There were a number built in '32 & '33 for export but their S/N's were all in the 3600/3700 range.
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You are absolutely correct - this is a converted straight wing. I participated in the conversion/restoration in Jack's hanger outside of Boulder. The wings were constructed from scratch by Jack and some other guys. They were already covered when I came on the scene.

When he was flying it to Vegas for a show and possible sale, he discovered that the top wing wasn't correctly positioned. CG was out, so performance was pretty miserable. I believe that he corrected it later.
 

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Interesting thread. I'm just checking in to see if anyone knows of a Taperwing Waco project that is for sale. Preferably one that needs restoration and hopefully a new set of wings. :)

Shirley Girard, wing-builder, fabric person, Stuttgart, Germany, but that's not an issue. The customer will ship from the New World to the Vaterland.
 

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Besides 844V there are 2 flying airplanes that can be bought but one is a flying project much like 844V and the other airplane was restored over 30 years ago but it does have original wings, which may or may not be a plus. I guess it all depends on how much you/your customer are willing to spend. A friend of mine has a complete New Taperwing project, set up for a Jacobs engine, that he would be willing to sell. It is complete less sheet metal, flying wires, etc. Sorry, it has new wings. If you want more info let me know.

Dave
 

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Hi Dave,
Yes, I'd be interested in knowing more about them
. Here or by PM is fine. Thanks for the response! Wacos are rather rare in Germany, but this guy is a real fan and the Golden Age biplanes are very popular at Fly-ins.
Shirley
 

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