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February 8, 2020 at 9:03 am #1912John WoodParticipant
I’ve just finished a book, As The Prop Turns: The Soul of an Old Airplane. Although celestial navigation is only briefly mentioned, it covers pilot exploits during the golden age of the sextant. Available on Amazon.
Delivered in late 1940, this Waco UPF-7 has lived a long and adventurous life. Sent first to a flying school in the Pacific Northwest, the open-cockpit biplane introduced World War II pilots to aerobatics in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, taught by a noted aviatrix.
Enjoy true escapades as you soar with a freight dog, a tax evader, a missionary dentist, a prominent woman sculptor, and a drug smuggler. The adventures didn’t stop there. Declared surplus near the end of the war she became a crop duster. Wrecked and rebuilt, the Waco later turned to life as a sightseeing workhorse.
The career of Waco NC29923 continues, and those who love her share their memories in As the Prop Turns. Fly in formation with her pilots and owners. Learn how she survived several devastating crashes to be beautifully restored each time. Enjoy this in-depth history that covers nearly eighty years and includes 134 photographs, drawings, and maps.
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