Started in 2010, we have given over 4,000 tours to satisfied customers over the Space Coast. In 2014 we expanded our operations to Orlando.
Florida Biplanes staff have a tremendous amount of experience.
All our pilots hold FAA Commercial or Airline Transport Pilot Certificates. Some currently fly as Major Airline Pilots (if you call that flying!) and several are ex-military Fighter Pilots. With an average of over 10,000 hours of flight experience each, you are sure to feel safe and comfortable.
Our Waco Biplanes
N30146 - The "Waco Belle"
Our first Waco was delivered on November 16th, 1940 to Wiggins Airways in Massachusetts (which, incredibly is still in business today!!) She trained pilots almost daily throughout the war. In the winter-time she was even equipped with snow skis.
After the war ended, she traded owners a few times, living in Ohio, Michigan, Arizona, and California, where she was most recently restored. Although she never served in the US Navy, the father/son team who restored her were ex-Navy and decided to paint her that way.
She found one more owner and spent a few years in upper Michigan before she was "discovered" by Florida Biplanes and brought to her current home in Florida.
Manufacture Date: November 16th, 1940
Length: 23' 1"
Crew: 1 Pilot & 2 Passengers
Engine: Jacobs R-755 B2 - 275HP
Prop: Hamilton Standard 2B20 Constant Speed
Empty Weight: 1870 lbs
Gross Weight: 2880 lbs
Max Airspeed: 215 mph
Cruise Airspeed: 125 mph
Stall Speed: 49 mph
Takeoff Distance: 325'
Landing Distance: 425'
Pronounced "Wah..Co", an acronym for Weaver Aircraft Corporation, our planes were built in Troy Ohio and served as trainers for the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) during WWII. Over 300 UPF-7's were built and less than 100 are still flying today. Biplane Flights Florida Biplane Rides Merritt Island
N30169 "Miss Liberty"
Our second Waco was delivered to the Bridgeport Flying Service in Connecticut in March of 1941 where she immediately began training military cadets. Shortly thereafter she was purchased by Mr. George Barone and trained pilots at the Wurtsboro Airport in New York for the remainder of the war and up thru 1947, when she was "mothballed".
Mr. Barone owned several Wacos and his sons later restored two of them.
Our Waco was restored in 1991 and stayed in the family until 2010.
After a brief stop in Ocean City, Maryland she was adopted by Florida Biplanes.