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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Walkaround: Kevin Kegin's Waco UPF-7 at St. Louis Downtown Airport

By Carmelo Turdo
A new attraction has come to the St. Louis Downtown Airport - Kevin Kegin's restored 1941 Waco UPF-7 biplane, available for rides by appointment or during the many special events in the coming months.  This airplane, N32084, s/n 5716 was built in September 1941. It is one of about 600 built before and during the war. Originally built to hold 2 in tandem seating, the front seat has been replaced with a bench seat which will carry 2, effectively making it a 3 place airplane. It sports a Continental W-670 engine of 220 hp and cruises about 110 mph. It was completely restored in 1997 by John and Scott Shue, noted Waco restorationists.  

Kevin is a Pilot and Mechanic - Commercial (single / multi engine airplane, instrument airplane) and Certified Flight Instructor (single engine airplane). Kevin is also an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic with Inspection Authorization. He has barnstormed biplanes, towed banners and built F-18's for McDonnell Douglas. Kevin has over 10,000 hours, 7000 or so in the AT-6.

Contact Kevin Kegin for your Waco ride at:

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