For immediate release
19 June 2008
Ottawa—The Canada Aviation Museum is pleased to announce the addition of a Waco Cabin biplane to its internationally renowned collection. This rare aircraft is the only one of its model and class still registered as airworthy in Canada. A generous donation by Dr. John Tener, a local area resident and long time aviator, the aircraft was officially accepted into the collection by Mr. Christopher J. Terry, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation.
The Waco Cabin was flown to the Museum by Mr. Tim Leslie, Vice President, Vintage Wings of Canada, in formation with the Vintage Wings of Canada Waco Tapperwing, piloted by Mr. Dave Hadfield, and the Central Aviation Waco UPF-7. This parade of Waco biplane aircraft was a fitting spectacle for such a unique era in aviation history.
The aircraft was officially received into the collection by Mr. Christopher J. Terry, President and CEO of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation and formally the Director General of the Canada Aviation Museum upon his retirement after 20 years of service to Canada’s heritage community. Perhaps most appropriately, this event took place during the same week, when 20 years previously the Canada Aviation Museum facility was inaugurated and first opened to the public. The Waco Cabin is scheduled to take its place of honour in the Museum’s new storage facility which the public can access during regular guided tours.
This particular aircraft, the Waco YKS-7 is a classic example of the type of airplane that introduced general aviation to the corporate world as well as the bush flying community. As the “Golden Age” of aviation matured in the 1930s, business customers were not satisfied with the open cockpits of earlier designs. With its enclosed, spacious cockpit, the Waco YKS-7 combined speed, comfort, and the amenities of luxury automobiles for a 1937 price (its first year of production) under $6,000 US. It is a fully enclosed cabin biplane, configured with two front seats and a rear bench seat for three more passengers. Waco YKS-7 models were considered utility aircraft, suitable for a wide variety of tasks, including cargo hauling, charter travel, air ambulance and seaplane operation. Several features of the YKS-7 helped to make business travel comfortable. To match the luxury automobiles of the day, it was designed with a steering wheel, roll-down side windows and automotive style upholstery.
The Canada Aviation Museum is pleased to add this significant aircraft as an example of one of the only two cabin bush planes with a biplane configuration in its collection. Dr. John Tener, a long time Rockcliffe Flying Club Member and former RCAF flight instructor, invested over 1,000 hours of his own time and resources to restore this piece of our aviation heritage.
The Canada Aviation Museum is located at the intersection of the Aviation and Rockcliffe Parkways in Ottawa.
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