|By Carmelo Turdo|
Many of his customers receive their rides as birthday or "bucket list" gifts from family members, and there is no better way to see the St. Louis riverfront than flying 90mph in an open cockpit vintage biplane. Some passengers choose to experience aerobatic maneuvers during their flights, and Kegin's smooth flying makes this a great choice for almost anyone.
Kevin Kegin's fully restored 1941 Waco UPF-7 is a thing of beauty as well as a practical pilot training aircraft. About 600 of the type were built in Troy, Ohio between 1937 and 1942. It was a refinement of the Waco "F" Series from the early 1930s, retaining the two-seat bench configuration in the forward cockpit. The aircraft was used primarily for pilot training in civilian flight schools, and later used for cropdusting and recreational flying. Many of the surviving aircraft were rescued from permanent demise during the 1950s when the Waco cropdusters were replaced by purpose-built models and they were becoming available for restorers. About 150 remain flying today.
Here are views of the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium from Kevin Kegin's Waco...
...and some scenes from today's flights:
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