WACO Classic Aircraft is the world's preeminent
manufacturer of Sport Biplanes. The company
currently builds the three-seat biplane, the
WACO YMF-5D, based upon the original
manufacturing plans, updated to modern safety
and avionics systems, and also the Great Lakes
The aircraft are constructed on the airport at
the W.K. Kellogg Regional Airport (KBTL) in
Battle Creek, Michigan. WACO Classic Aircraft
also operates a repair and restoration
subsidiary that specializes in historically
significant vintage aircraft. In 2010, the
company announced the improved YMF-5D version,
powered by a Jacobs 300 h.p. engine and
featuring numerous updates.
The 'F' series was popular with private owner
pilots for sporting and other uses and continued
in production through the late 1930s. The tandem
cockpit UPF-7 version was adopted by the
Civilian Pilot Training Program and continued to
be built in numbers (over 600) until 1942.
The YMF of 1934, which had a modified wider and
longer fuselage, was returned to production in
March 1986 by WACO Classic Aircraft of Lansing
Michigan as the YMF-5. Over 100 YMF-5s have been
completed by WACO Classic Aircraft and the type
remained in low-rate production to customer
order in 2012.
Classic Aircraft Corp. is a family-owned
American company, with owners Peter Bowers and
Jon Bowers, and a talented team of craftsmen
continuing the tradition of building the finest
sport biplane in the world.