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WACO Aviation Lecture Series

Locally Built 1934 WACO S3HD Returns

WHEN: Thursday, November 17th, 2016 (doors open at 6:30 p.m., speech at 7 p.m.)

WHERE: WACO Air Museum, 1865 South County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373

On Thursday night, November 17th, New Hampshire residents John and Pupae Ricciotti will be guests at the WACO Aviation Lecture Series. John, the pilot and owner of this one-of-a-kind, Troy-built aircraft, will share stories that accompany this WACO “D.” Being the only civilian version of a 1930’s fighter/bomber makes this WACO unique. 82 years after coming off the production line here in Troy, this marvelous flying machine, is still flying strong, touring the fly-in circuit and a regular visitor to the annual WACO Fly-In. John will share a presentation on the history of the plane that was also presented at EAA’s Air Venture at Oshkosh, WI. If weather allows, the WACO S3HD will be on location for viewing.

Born to a B-17 crewmember and later aircraft mechanic, Ricciotti says, “Aviation is in my blood. Growing up I read my dad’s 1950’s era aircraft maintenance textbooks and fell in love with radial engines.” John rebuilt a wrecked Cessna with his dad and brother in the 1970’s and used it as his primary mode of transportation “until I was finally forced to buy a car when I was 23 years old,” he stated. His professional flying career as a certified Flight Instructor began in the 1980’s, mainly teaching in tailwheel aircraft. He presently own 3 tailwheel aircraft, including the 1934 WACO, and can operate them on wheels, floats or skis.

The Aviation Lecture Series is sponsored in part by Dayton Power and Light Corporation. Parking and admission are free and open to the public. The lecture is scheduled from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. It will be held in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 South County Road 25A in Troy, OH. For questions, please call 937-335-9226 or visit

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