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President (as of the upload date of this page) Andy Heins of the National Waco Club sent the image at left. Andy runs the day to day business of the Club, and we should all thank him for the effort he expends to help us understand better the Waco aircraft that were signed so long ago in the Registers of Delta Mike Airfield, Inc.
WACO YPF NC15700
This airplane is one of two YPF models built in 1935 by the Waco Aircraft Company, Troy, OH. Two photographs of it from the 1930s are below, courtesy of Andy Heins and the National Waco Club (right sidebar).
The good news is that NC15700 is still with us, registered with the FAA and flying.
A description of NC15700 and its restoration are at the link. The link states, "Waco NC15700 was delivered new to its original owner, Miss Constance Eugenie Johnston, on November 5, 1935. Having been special ordered by Miss Johnston, it was fitted with the most deluxe equipment available at the time, and finished in a most opulent manner, all to her specific requests."
Although it doesn't appear like it in the photographs above and at left, this was a beautiful airplane. Besides the coupe cockpit closure, it had stainless steel flying wires, a bump engine cowl and painted stripe accents that resembled Miss Johnston's initials.
The color scheme was also unique. The fuselage and bottoms of the wings were ordered Berry Brothers Bronze Plum, and the tops of the wings and horizontal stabilizer were ordered bright Nassau Blue. Johnston owned and flew the airplane until about 1936 when, upon starting the engine one day, it caught fire and slightly burned the airplane. She sold NC15700 "as is" to its second owner in 1936. The details of the 10-owner chain of custody for NC15700 were summarized in articles that appeared in Vintage Aviation magazine, volume 34, number 7 in 2006 (PDF, 74kB), and in the AOPA magazine (PDF 1.6mB) in April, 2007. These articles are available online, but I make them available individually for you at the links. Both articles are nicely supplemented with additional photographs. The AOPA article suggests that Johnston was affiliated with Wings Field, Blue Bell, PA northwest of Philadelphia, but I detected no record of that as I researched Wings Field.
NC15700 (S/N 4375) was signed once in the Pitcairn Field Register, sometime between July 12, 1940 and July 21, 1941 (arrival date was not entered in the Register, and there was a gap in dates). The solo pilot was F.M. Mathews, who listed his destination as Baltimore, MD. Bowman was not among any of the owners of NC15700 enumerated in the articles linked above. His visit was well after Miss Johnston sold the airplane. He did not state a reason for his flight. The Register record is very sparse. This was the only time NC15700 appeared in any Register.
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