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Video: Australian RC Model Of Jimmy Franklin's Jet Waco!

 Jimmy Franklin took 'extreme' right over the edge when he introduced his Waco biplane powered by a 450 hp radial AND a 3,000 pound thrust turbine engine in 1999.  If you ever saw him fly it, I doubt you'll ever forget it.  Sadly, both Jimmy and the airplane were lost in the 2005 accident that also claimed the life of his friend and fellow airshow great Bobby Younkin.

 This amazing 40% size RC model from Australia brings Jimmy's incredible Jet Waco back to life.  The model is powered by the fabulous Moki 400 radial and a small turbine engine.  'WOW' pretty much says it all!

 The only other person to fly the full size Jet Waco was Jimmy's son Kyle, and he's also the only person to ever walk the wing of the Jet Waco.  

 The tremendous legacy of both Jimmy Franklin and Bobby Younkin continues today with the 'Sons of Legends' as Kyle Franklin and Matt Younkin are two of the most popular airshow performers today... working hard, along with Matt's sister (Kyle's wife) Amanda, to keep the memory of their fathers alive.

 They'll all be performing at the Indy Air Show this weekend, June 12th and 13th.


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Amazingly COOL!!! I was lucky enough to see Jimmy fly the Jet Waco a year before the accident. It was also the first time I met Kyle, it was at a very small airshow here in Iowa. He ans Kyle stayed around and talked, took pictures and signed autographs as long as people were there. Great guys, Jimmy was a class act and Kyle is also.

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

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