Our gorgeous aircraft is a WACO UPF-7 open cockpit biplane. WACO rhymes with “taco” and is named for the manufacturer, Waco Aircraft Company, originally called Weaver Aircraft Company of Ohio. Over 600 of these models were produced between 1939 and 1942, and they were used by the Civilian Pilot Training Program during World War II.
According to Plane and Pilot Magazine, the U stands for the 220 horsepower Continental engine, the P represents the WACO wing, the F indicates the model with twin open cockpits, and the 7 means it is the seventh in the series.
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 1 trainee and passenger
- Length: 23 ft 1 in (7.04 m)
- Wingspan: 30 ft 0 in (9.14 m)
- Height: 8 ft 5 in (2.57 m)
- Wing area: 244 ft2 (22.67 m2)
- Empty weight: 1,870 lb (848.22 kg)
- Gross weight: 2,650 lb (1202.02 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental W-670-6A seven cylinder radial, 220 hp (161.81 kW)
- Maximum speed: 201 mph (323 km/h)
- Cruise speed:114 mph (185 km/h)
- Range:400 miles (644 km)
- Service ceiling:14,800 ft (4,511 m)UPF-7