Preserving the past... Inspiring the Future!


Adults $6.00 - Military (w/ID) $5.00

Students $3.00 - Under 6 FREE


RUNWAY 18/36: 2428 X100

Museum Hours

Mon - Fri : 9:00AM - 1:30PM

Sat & Sun : Noon - 5:00 PM

Come! Discover! Fly!

Thank you for your interest in receiving WACO training in Troy, OH…home of the original WACO Factory.


We are here to make your WACO flight training an experience and connection with aviation history that you won’t find anywhere else.  You are choosing to fly with top notch instructors, to visit “Birthplace of Aviation,” and become part of the WACO tradition that has its roots deeply embedded in Troy, Ohio.

First and foremost, you will be flying with one of our three of flight instructors.  Bob Wagner, Jerry Kemp and Mike Hartman are also all employed as pilots by WACO Classic in Battle Creek, MI, and all reside near Troy, making them well qualified for the task and an obvious choice for our instructors.  Bob Wagner has 17,000+ flight hours.  He is chief test pilot and check-out pilot for WACO Classic, a long time air show pilot, and flew Snoopy as part of the Red Baron & Snoopy Air Show for several years at King’s Island Amusement Park. Jerry Kemp, with 20,000+ flying hours, has flown the F-4, F-111, and F-16 and was a USAF Squadron Commander and USAF instructor pilot. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve.  Jerry has flown for US Air, been an airline instructor pilot and is currently a 767 instructor pilot for Air Transport International.    Mike Hartman, Dayton resident, soloed in gliders at 14 years old and soloed a Piper Cub at 16 years old.  Mike has flown many different antique aircraft in his career including the T-6G Texan and SNJ-4 for North American Top Gun. Mike has instructed aerobatics and tailwheel flying and currently enjoys flying WACO aircraft around the country to new WACO owners.

Training starts and finishes at Historic WACO Field (1WF).  Onsite, the WACO Air Museum provides detailed history of the WACO Aircraft Company through a collection of exhibits and stories.  The WACO Aircraft Company was the largest manufacturer of civil aircraft in the country in the late 1920's and early 30's and original home to every restored WACO.  Pick up an “Ask Any Pilot” hat as a souvenir from the WACO gift shop, meet other WACO pilots, join the WACO family, and be inspired as you check out all that is happening at the WACO Aviation Learning Center.

With so many nearby aviation attractions, you will never have a shortage of things to see and do in the event of bad weather, a flying delay, or simply a break from instruction.  WACO, the National Museum of the United States Air Force, National Aviation Hall of Fame, Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wright B Flyer, Inc., and the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, which includes the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Wright Cycle Co., Hawthorn Hill (Orville Wright’s mansion), Huffman Prairie Flying Field and much, much more, are all part of The National Aviation Heritage Area.

Think of the vibe you will experience as you fly a WACO open cockpit biplane in the cradle of aviation—the same area the Wright Brother’s invented powered flight!  Our flight instruction is tailor made to you and takes your flying skills into consideration. We are here to make this an unforgettable venture and can assist with all the details.


To Learn More, call 937-335-9226 or email


    Come!  Discover!  Fly!

WACO Historical Society • 1865 South County Road 25A • Troy, OH 45373 • (937) 335-9226 • (937) 335-4357 Fax