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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 Model AGC-8 NC2284
This workhorse airplane landed once at Pitcairn Field, on Friday, April 26, 1940. It was flown solo by Theo Blanchard, who recorded his home base as La Guardia Field, New York, NY. No purpose was cited for the visit. An undated photograph, courtesy of the National Waco Club online photo collection, is below.
The manufacturer's specification sheet is below. NC2284 (S/N 5061) left the factory on June 25, 1938. It was very-well equipped with navigation instruments and Lear radios. It left the factory with a Jacobs 300HP engine, S/N 1533. It was painted all over white, with green stripes edged in green and black. The dark panels on top of the upper wing were painted vermilion.
The airplane passed from the factory to the Waco sales office at Roosevelt Field, NY, which, in-turn, sold it to the New York Daily News on July 15, 1940. It appears to have suffered an accident (ground loop) near April 19, 1941, since the factory shipped a new left lower wing and other parts to the Daily News on that date. The Daily News flew it for about two years before transferring it back to a Waco broker, the Howard Ailor Sales Corporation in Bloomsburg, PA on June 2, 1942. WWII was ramping up.
It appears to have stayed with Ailor during WWII, although an aircraft this well-equipped most surely was taken over and flown by the military for courier or liaison work. Regardless, it was transferred to "D.P.C." as of March 14, 1946, and then to Frank M. Severance as of May 28, 1952.
One data point about the use of NC2284 was published sixty years later in April, 1999 in the Dirigo Flyer, the magazine of the Maine Aviation Historical Society, below. The anecdote was written by an oberver of the June, 1939 incident. The Daily News crew flew into a small Maine airfield to cover a local murder story. Note mention of sister ship and Register airplane NC19354.
NC2284 appears in no other Registers. Information about the Waco company is at the link. It is not registered with the FAA today. I do not know its fate after its visit to Pitcairn Field. If you can help fill in the blanks, please let me KNOW.
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