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Screamin’ Sasquatch — the radial and jet engine powered 1929 Taperwing Waco

28 July 2014

Screamin’ Sasquatch — the radial and jet engine powered 1929 Taperwing Waco

Screamin' Sasquatch — photo provided by Jack Link's

Screamin’ Sasquatch — photo and copyright by Steve Schulte

New for this airshow season is the rare mixed engine 1929 Taperwing Waco powered by a conventional reciprocating radial engine as well as a turbojet — the “Screamin’ Sasquatch” which is also the mascot of Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. The fruition of the Screamin’ Sasquatch is a result of the efforts of Jack Link’s Beef Jerky as well as John Klatt Airshows.

Turning the propeller is a Pratt & Whitney 985 Wasp Junior (450 hp/340kW) while burning underneath is a General Electric CJ-610 (3000 pounds thrust/13.34kN) turbojet. Modifications to the vintage aircraft were made, of course, and most notably are overall strengthening for the additional dynamic loads as well as relocating the cockpit to the rear by three feet to allow for extra fuel capacity (the CJ-610 consumes 100 gallons/~380L per hour). The Taperwing is graceful to see fly as well as a wonder to fly when powered only by the Wasp Junior but is fantastic to see the Screamin’ Sasquatch in flight — a 12 minute in-the-cockpit video during and airshow performance can be seen here. The power-to-weight (P:W) is at or better than 1:1 so the Screamin’ Sasquatch lives up to its name with overtly powerful vertical climbs and hovering which conventional propeller driven aircraft can weakly imitate, at best.

Seeing Screamin’ Sasquatch couldn’t be easier as it will be performing at the Boeing Seafair Air Show, at Genesee Park, on the 2nd as well as 3rd of August this year 🙂

Screamin' Sasquatch — photo provided by Jack Link's

Screamin’ Sasquatch in its element, note the aft displacement of the cockpit in consideration of extra fuel capacity — photo and copyright by Steve Schulte

Screamin' Sasquatch — photo provided by Jack Link's

Screamin’ Sasquatch on a low pass where both engines (recip and jet) are easily seen, and heard! — photo and copyright by Steve Schulte

Screamin' Sasquatch — photo provided by Jack Link's

Screamin’ Sasquatch — photo and copyright by Steve Schulte

Screamin' Sasquatch — photo provided by Jack Link's

Screamin’ Sasquatch — photo and copyright by Steve Schulte

Screamin' Sasquatch — photo provided by Jack Link's

Screamin’ Sasquatch’s GE CJ-610 turbojet engine and tailpipe in profile — photo and copyright by Steve Schulte

Screamin' Sasquatch — photo provided by Jack Link's

Screamin’ Sasquatch banks away from camera — photo and copyright by Steve Schulte

Thursday will be a post in the words of Jeff Boerboon, pilot of Screamin’ Sasquatch, describing the modifications made to have this 1929 Taperwing Waco become the Screamin’ Sasquatch.

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Sources for the images of this post were thoughtfully provided by the Screamin’ Sasquatch team with the technical information gleaned from this Flying Magazine article.

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