Waco Aircraft Company Records, 1930-1950

In 1920 Clayton J. Bruckner, Elmwood "Sam" Junkin, and Buck Weaver formed an aircraft company known as the Weaver Aircraft Company in Troy, OH. By the 1930s the company, known as Waco Aircraft Co. since 1929, was a leader in the design of wood and fabric aircraft, with Waco aircraft being operated by public, private, and corporate owners in thirty-five countries. During World War II Waco devoted itself entirely to war production, manufacturing large numbers of troop- and cargo-carrying gliders. Following the war Waco attempted to market a wholly new design but the postwar slump in the private aviation market and the high development costs of the aircraft forced Waco to withdraw from aircraft manufacture in June 1947. During its twenty-eight year existence Waco produced sixty-two different aircraft models and led all its competitors in number of aircraft registered.

This collection consists of the records of the Waco Aircraft Company. The material includes office files of the company, marketing and sales information, and design data. Also included are original engineering drawings and report files.

Physical Description:

Place
United States

Creator
Waco Aircraft Company
Subject
Junkin, Elwood J (Elwood James) 1897-1926
Weaver, George E. "Buck" 1895-1924
Brukner, Clayton J 1896-1977
Weaver Aircraft Company
Waco Aircraft Company

Date
1930
1930-1960
1930-1950

Type
Drawings
Collection descriptions
Financial records
Reports

Topic
Aeronautics, Commercial
Waco Aircraft Family
Aeronautics, Military

Physical description
184.1 cubic feet (168 Legal document boxes) (35 drawers)
219.66 linear feet

In 1920 Clayton J. Bruckner, Elmwood "Sam" Junkin, and Buck Weaver formed an aircraft company known as the Weaver Aircraft Company in Troy, OH. By the 1930s the company, known as Waco Aircraft Co. since 1929, was a leader in the design of wood and fabric aircraft, with Waco aircraft being operated by public, private, and corporate owners in thirty-five countries. During World War II Waco devoted itself entirely to war production, manufacturing large numbers of troop- and cargo-carrying gliders. Following the war Waco attempted to market a wholly new design but the postwar slump in the private aviation market and the high development costs of the aircraft forced Waco to withdraw from aircraft manufacture in June 1947. During its twenty-eight year existence Waco produced sixty-two different aircraft models and led all its competitors in number of aircraft registered.

This collection consists of the records of the Waco Aircraft Company. The material includes office files of the company, marketing and sales information, and design data. Also included are original engineering drawings and report files.

Physical Description:

Place
United States

Creator
Waco Aircraft Company
Subject
Junkin, Elwood J (Elwood James) 1897-1926
Weaver, George E. "Buck" 1895-1924
Brukner, Clayton J 1896-1977
Weaver Aircraft Company
Waco Aircraft Company

Date
1930
1930-1960
1930-1950

Type
Drawings
Collection descriptions
Financial records
Reports

Topic
Aeronautics, Commercial
Waco Aircraft Family
Aeronautics, Military

Physical description
184.1 cubic feet (168 Legal document boxes) (35 drawers)
219.66 linear feet

ID: XXXX-0151