|Waco JYM and JWM|
|Waco JYM taper-wing mailplane in the 1929 markings of Northwest Airways mail route CAM-9|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Waco Aircraft Company|
|Status||two preserved airworthy in museums|
|Primary user||early airlines|
The Waco Mailplanes are a range of two US-built open-cockpit mail biplane designs of the late 1920s.
In order to meet the continuing United States demand for rugged mailplanes, Waco aircraft developed two models of large biplanes during 1929, the JYM and the JWM.
The JYM was a taperwing model based on the earlier ATO design but with a 14-inch fuselage stretch to provide further cargo capacity compared with the earlier design. It was powered by a 300 h.p. Wright J-6-9 engine and had a single seat cockpit for the pilot.
Four Waco JYM aircraft were delivered to Northwest Airways (later Northwest Airlines) in 1929 and were operated by them on the 892-mile CAM-9 airmail route from Chicago to Minneapolis via Milwaukee, Madison and La Crosse. The third JYM NC991H is the sole survivor of the quartet and is displayed in airworthy condition in the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum (HARM) at Dauster Field near St Louis, Missouri, wearing its 1929 NWAL CAM-9 route markings.
Two Waco JWM aircraft were delivered. The sole survivor NX8550 is also preserved at HARM, wearing the markings of the "Art Davis Air Circus".
Data from Aerofiles
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: mail or cargo
- Powerplant: 1 × Wright J-6-9, 300 hp ( kW)
- Ogden, 2007, p. 331
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- Data on Waco aircraft models and specifications at Aerofiles.com
- Information on early US airmail routes