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I hereby declare today to be Waco Wednesday.

During WWII, the Waco Aircraft Company was perhaps best known for producing large numbers of difficut-to-fly-but-easy-to-crash gliders that were used to carry troops and materiel during airborne assaults. They also built many rather generic biplanes, both open cockpit and closed, for use by the Civilian Air Patrol, and many were pressed into military service stateside. After the war, Waco hoped to break into the burgeoning private aircraft business with their Aristocraft. Contrary to popular design, Waco located the horizontally-opposed six-cylinder Franklin 6AL engine in the front, but mounted the propeller at the rear, driven by a long shaft. Not a terrible idea, really, as it helped keep passengers from walking into the spinning prop. The Aristocraft was capable of about 150 mph with a pilot and three passengers, and it took its maiden flight in March 1947. Despite having orders for 300 airplanes, Waco decided that it would be too costly to carry out the necessary development and the project was dropped after construction of a single example.

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