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President (as of the upload date of this page) Andy Heins of the National Waco Club sent the images 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 EGC-8 NC19354
This airplane was manufactured January 20, 1938. It appeared once as a three-year old airplane in the Pitcairn Field Register, on Tuesday, December 30, 1941 at 3:15PM. The solo pilot was Theodore F. Steiner who cited his home base and destination as Wings Airport, Blue Bell, PA.
NC19354 is a model EGC-8, S/N 5002. The manufacturer's specification cards below, courtesy of Andy Heins (right sidebar), describe the airplane as it left the factory. Note that it was originally painted Berry Ivory, not red as above. The upholstery matched. The sheet lists the models and serial numbers of all the installed instruments and accessories.
The second page of the manufacturer's specification sheet we learn that the new airplane was turned over to Register pilot Tex LaGrone on February 24, 1938. LaGrone was a sales agent for Waco, located at the time in Kansas City, MO. We also learn that the initial owner was Shannon J. Long of San Diego, CA (not a Register pilot), who purchased it on March 1, 1939, just a week after it was turned over to LaGrone.
Long, in turn, transferred the airplane back to La Grone a year later on March 15, 1940. LaGrone brokered it immediately to the Bridgeport Machine Company in Wichita, KS, thence to the Simmons Machine Tool Company in Albany, NY (Simmons today makes machines that install accessories, test, and finish railroad car wheels). While in Bridgeport's or Simmons' possession, the engine had a couple of engine exhaust collector rings replaced.
In April, 1941, our pilot Steiner acquired the airplane and kept it for about two years. WWII was raging in 1943 and this record makes no mention of NC19354 for the duration. A couple of months after the war, the airplane went to Otto Aviation Corporation, then to Harold Wolfinger and Coracoke Manteo Transportation Company, Baltimore, MD.
NC19354 has a fair Web presence, with several photographs available. I found one online reference that connected the airplane to its owner Ed Maliar of Bohemia, NY near 1963. If you can fill in the blanks in the chain of custody, or have other (preferably vintage) photographs, please let me KNOW. An undated photograph, courtesy of the National Waco Club online photo collection, is below.
THIS PAGE UPLOADED: 11/18/16 REVISED: 12/01/16