Screamin' Sasquatch Jet Waco Unveiled at ICAS
December 5, 2013 - John Klatt Airshows unveiled a new aircraft for the 2014 air show season this week at the annual International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) convention in Las Vegas. It's a 1929 Taperwing Waco biplane powered by both a Pratt & Whitney 985 Wasp Junior radial and a GE J85 jet engine with 3,000 pounds of thrust.
Sponsored by Jack Links Beef Jerky, the jet-powered Waco, called the Screamin' Sasquatch after the company's popular Bigfoot character in its "Messin' With Sasquatch" ad campaign, will be both seen and heard at air shows next year.
Pilots include Klatt, who has served in the Air National Guard for more than 20 years flying in F-16s and C-130s, and former U.S. Unlimited Aerobatics Champion Jeff Boerboon.
The aircraft's thrust ratio of 1-to-1 will allow it to accelerate going straight up. Every control surface has been specifically engineered for the unique aerodynamic forces encountered during high-speed flight as some wood and fabric parts were replaced with carbon fiber. The cockpit was moved 3 feet aft to accommodate both 100LL and Jet A fuel tanks.
The cockpit features the MGL Avionics Stratomaster Odyssey touch screen system integrating all of the engine monitoring for both powerplants as well as the avionics.
The late Jimmy Franklin first flew a jet-powered Waco at air shows, including EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
"John Klatt Airshows and Jack Link's both embody the 'Feed Your Wild Side' attitude," said Kevin Papacek, director of marketing at Jack Link's Beef Jerky. "John Klatt and the Screamin' Sasquatch will be quite the attraction, thrilling crowds who attend air shows next year."
The partnership continues Jack Link's heritage of supporting the U.S. military as a food supplier, supporter of active troops and veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project, and employer of many veterans.
"Jack Link's shares our passion for adventure, entertainment, and camaraderie," Klatt said. "Thanks to this new partnership, air show fans are in for one wild ride during the 2014 season."