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Dec 03 2013
While I’m excited to see this concept renewed, I can’t help but think it should have been left to the Franklin family to be the ones to bring another jet Waco to the airshow circuit. That said, for all I know they’ve given John Klatt their full support on this project.
I met John at a dinner at Oshkosh one year. Seemed like a nice enough guy. I hope this latest adventure is a success for him.
John Klatt Airshows
BREAKING NEWS FROM TEAM KLATT:
Tonight, during the opening session of the 2013 ICAS Convention, we unveiled “The Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jack Link’s Jet Waco – a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco, powered by a Pratt & Whitney 985 Radial Engine and a CJ610 Jet Engine. These dual power-plants will provide over 4,500 lbs. of thrust. Enough to rocket the Screamin’ Sasquatch straight up, into max speed vertical climbs!
Building this airplane over the past year has been a labor of love for Team Klatt, and has required the collaboration of many others. Perhaps the most important collaborator is a person who’s memory still lives vividly in our minds and hearts – Jimmy Franklin.
So many of us have been mesmerized by the Jet Waco concept, ever since Jimmy first conceived of it, built it, and then flew it in ways that left us in absolute awe. He first debuted the Jet Waco in 1999, and quickly made it one of the air show world’s most popular acts of all time. 15 years later, during the 2014 air show season, we are so immensely proud to be bringing the world its second Jet Waco. If our performances can deliver a fraction of the impact that Jimmy Franklin’s did, they will be a success.
The Screamin’ Sasquatch is sponsored by Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, a company who’s story is testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of America. Starting in a small town in Northern Wisconsin, the Link family has grown their business into the world’s leading producer of meat snacks by focusing on high quality products, hard work and innovative marketing. Their “Messin’ with Sasquatch” commercials have become iconic, and convey the “Feed Your Wild Side” spirit of the Jack Link’s brand.
The Jet Waco is one wild, untamed airplane, and a perfect fit with Jack Link’s. During its 2014 air show appearances, the Screamin’ Sasquatch will be accompanied by Jack Link’s “Wild Side” trucks, which will provide air show fans a fun and engaging experience, most importantly including the opportunity to sample Jack Link’s delicious Beef Jerky!
Meet the Screamin’ Sasquatch – Jack Link’s Jet Waco! Get ready to Feed Your Wild Side!
(Photo © 2013 Scott Russell) — in Las Vegas, NV.
Oct 28 2013
A welding torch tip selection chart for oxyacetylene welding of aircraft structures. Taken from “Aircraft Welding – Navy Training Courses – 1950 Edition”, article titled Introduction to Oxyacetylene Welding.
Includes tip size in inches, tip drill size, Smith tip number, Victor tip number, Airco tip number, and approximate thickness of steel sheet or plate.
Oct 22 2013
Designed as a quantum leap forward in safety and performance, the DoubleEnder is a bush plane like no other. Aerodynamically, it uses many of the standard tricks we’ve known about for decades, but it’s the focus on safety that really starts to morph what we’re familiar with into the DoubleEnder.
The use to twin Rotax 914 engines gives 260hp of get up and go. It also allows the DoubleEnder to operate on a one engine in the event of a failure. The engine’s centerline, push-pull configuration alleviates many of the issues faced by traditional twins. Hoisting the forward engine high above the pilot allows for almost unlimited forward visibility, something nearly unheard of in a traditional bush plane. Looks like a hell of a lot of fun to me!
I apologize if this is starting to sound like a commercial. The airplane is somewhat of an ugly duckling, in my opinion, but the concepts are pretty exciting. I’d love a chance to fly one.
Check out The DoubleEnder Project website for more details.
Mega hat tip to Shine Aviation for the lead on this one. Dylan shared the link on Shine’s Facebook page first. Even if you’re not currently a customer, I highly recommend following Shine Aviation on Facebook. He regularly posts a lot of interesting content.
Oct 20 2013
My brother was nice enough to help me move the Q1 project from storage out to the “airplane shed” this afternoon. I’m still not sure what I’m going to do with this airplane. I bounce back and forth between keep it and sell it on an almost daily basis. It’s a really cool airplane, but it’s not high on my list of “wants”. I might just continue to store it until I get around to finishing it.
Oct 20 2013
But it’s so much more than that. This is a really fantastic video that not only highlights a wonderful airplane, but also reminds us of the fascination the world held for flight in the twenties and thirties. So many dreamed with their eyes turned to the sky, their fantasies of flight becoming more real by the day. As men crafted machines of wood and steel, pioneering a movement of tinkerers and quiet craftsmen. Toiling away in basements, barns, and garages, they transformed the materials at hand into airplanes; and turned their dreams into reality.