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WACO Model RNF NC677N

 

NC677N (S/N 3222) was signed twice in the Willow Grove Register. Its first visit was on Wednesday, May 30, 1930. The solo pilot was Jack Bartow. Bartow cited in the Register that he arrived at Willow Grove from Central Airport, Camden, NJ. He cited no destination or purpose for his flight. Pilot Bartow was a co-founder of the Wings Corporation of Philadelphia, PA.

It appeared the next time in the Register over nine years later, on Friday, September 15, 1939. The pilot was Theo Blanchard, who recorded in the Register that he arrived at WIllow Grove from Boulevard Airport, Philadelphia, PA. He carried one unidentified passenger. He cited his destination as "Blue Stone," which remains inscrutable. He noted in his remarks, "Wet grounds." I have no photographs of the airplane.

The manufacturer's specification sheet for NC677N is below. It left the factory on April 15, 1930. It was equipped with a Heywood starter and a wooden propeller. It was powered by a Warner engine, S/N 706. It was painted all over vermillion, with silver wings: a handsome airplane.

Manufacturer's Specification Sheet, Waco NC677N, April 15, 1930 (Source: Heins)
Manufacturer's Specification Sheet, Waco NC677N, April 15, 1930 (Source: Heins)

NC677N appeared to remain with the Waco Company for a few years after it was manufactured. According to the right column in the sheet below, a few upgrades were made to the structure and accessories of the airplane during 1930-31 while it was still owned by the company.

Then the chain of custody recorded by the Waco Company consisted of three other owners. It was first transferred on August 1, 1933 to Wings Corporation located in Blue Bell, PA.

Manufacturer's Specification Sheet, Waco NC677N, April 15, 1930 (Source: Heins)
Manufacturer's Specification Sheet, Waco NC677N, April 15, 1930 (Source: Heins)

Then to Richard L. Quinn of Philadelphia, PA. Then, on the eve of WWII, to Boulevard Airport, Inc. on August 14, 1941. According to the online FAA database, NC677N is owned today by an individual in Zanesville, OH. It's airworthiness certificate is due for renewal in 2017. I do not know if it is flying. Neither do I know the chain of custody between 1941 and today. If you can help fill in the blanks, please let me KNOW.

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