MOUNT VERNON — Bob and Barb Perkins have owned their WACO only two years and this year, for the first time, they flew from their Catawba, N.C., home to the annual WACO reunion at Wynkoop Airport.
Bob is an experienced private pilot with 1,000 hours of flight time in his log book. He earned his license in 1984 and flew ultra-light aircraft for a while. Then built a kit airplane, a sleek fast Glasair two-seater airplane. The Perkinses flew it for 10 years. It is an outstanding aerobatic airplane, according to Bob Perkins.
“I loved it,” he said.
Then he got the urge for another type of airplane, what he wanted was a round engine (radial engine).
“He had round engine envy,” Barb said.
Besides, Barb said she ran out of enthusiasm for the Glasair. It was a small, tightly enclosed tamden seat sports plane without luggage space. They flew the airplane with only the clothes they wore.