TROY, Ohio—The pilot of the only jet-powered WACO biplane will greet visitors to the WACO Air Museum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.
Jeff Bourboon, pilot of the Jack Links Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet WACO, will give a brief presentation and sign autographs at the museum, which preserves the history of the WACO Aircraft Company. Bourboon and the Screamin’ Sasquatch are one of the featured flying acts scheduled for the 2015 Vectren Dayton Air Show Presented by Kroger at Dayton International Airport.
The one of a kind flying machine features the barnstormers-era 1929 Taperwing WACO body, modified in a way that would have shocked its original designers. In addition to the Taperwing’s large Pratt & Whitney 985 radial engine, the Screamin’ Sasquatch carries a General Electric CJ610 jet engine, which triples the amount of available power.
With total thrust exceeding the weight of the airplane, it is uniquely capable of power-dependent aerobatic maneuvers such as extreme vertical climbs, flat spins, snap rolls, torque rolls and even a hover, in which the Screamin’ Sasquatch hangs in the air before powering itself back into forward flight. Go here to watch a video.
Boerboon wanted to be an aerobatic pilot at an early age after watching the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual air show at Oshkosh, Wis., according to his biography. He’s now a two-time advanced national champion and member of the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team from 2003 to 2008. In the summer of 2008, he qualified for the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team. He was the top American pilot at the 2009 World Aerobatic Championship in Silverstone, UK.
Boerboon won the U.S. national unlimited title in 2010 and is a current team member of the unlimited aerobatic team. He has been flying with John Klatt Airshows since 2012, flying both formation and solo performances.
The WACO event is free, but donations to the nonprofit WACO Historical Society will be welcome. The event is made possible in part by Dayton Power & Lights. The WACO Air Museum is located at 1865 S. County Rd. 25A, Troy, OH 45373.
1865 S. County Rd. 25A, Troy, OH 45373