The Waco Model
N was a radical departure from the company's previous cabin biplane
by virtue of its tricycle landing gear. This was certainly
innovative when it debuted
in 1937. Prophetically, it was
the shape of things to come and although not produced in great
numbers from 1937-1939 it
proved to be much simpler to land and take-off than the taildraggers
of the day. The big
lumbering nose wheel did not, surprisingly, seem to detract from the
performance to a marked degree. The example above was operated by
the Aviation Branch
Department of Commerce (what would become the CAA) and is a Waco
A note on Waco Aircraft
nomenclature. The three letters designate:-
First letter: Engine type and horse power
letter: Airframe type (inlcuding wing type, open or closed
Third letter: Model In this case 'N'
represented tricycle gear models.
number is usually the last digit of the first year of production.
e.g. 8 = 1938.
Now, as any student of
registration systems knows, the possible combinations of a three letter
code give 17,576 permutations and, while I am not
suggesting that Waco used all of them, at times
it seems that it was damned