Kyle Franklin has been flying Jimmy's orginal Waco "Mystery Ship" since 1999. This is the plane Jimmy is most well-known for flying (before the Jet Waco).
This is one the few remaining big bi-plane aerobatic acts you will find on the airshow circuit today. Originally used to train civilians as pilots before America's entry into World War II, the Waco eventually became available for widespread commercial use, such as dusting crops or barnstorming around the nation at early airshows.
The Waco "Mystery Ship" was orginally built in 1940, this Waco is a one of a kind, and has been through many modifications over the years. Because of all the extensive modifications, this Waco no longer looks like an origial Waco, and was dubbed the "Waco Mystery Ship."
The "Waco Mystery Ship" is also a movie star! It appeared briefly in "FOREVER YOUNG" staring Mel Gibson and it had a big part in "TERMINAL VELOCITY" staring Charlie Sheen.

  • Replacing the 220 h.p. engine with a 450 h.p. engine
  • Installing a 3 blade propeller
  • Moving the cockpit back 30 inches
  • Adding 18 inches to the landing gear
  • Installing extra cabin struts
  • Constructing extra flying wires

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 2
  • Length: 24 ft (7.3 m)
  • Upper wingspan: 30 ft (9.1 m)
  • Lower wingspan: 26 ft (7.9 m)
  • Height: 12 ft (3.7 m)
  • Gross weight: 2,240 lb (1,016 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 55 US Gallons
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-985 , 450 hp (Expression error: Unexpected < operator. kW)
  • Propellers: 3-bladed


  • Maximum speed: 250 mph (402 km/h; 217 kn)
  • Stall speed: 60 mph (52 kn; 97 km/h)
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