An historic Waco UPF-7 which was owned by Pacific Northwest legend, Wally Olson, Evergreen Aviation, Vancouver, WA, is undergoing the finishing touches by Big Sky crew Jeremy Harris and Brian Pipher. Owner Kevin Krieter obtained this Waco and has given it tender loving care (read: no expense spared) toward restoration.
John Pike, owner of Big Sky Stearman, soloed this Waco at the age of 16 in 1961 for $12.00 an hour dual. Many individuals were given the opportunity to check out in it. Wally was being very unselfish in allowing it to be rented.
Wally is gone now but his memory will be forever honored by this Waco UPF-7 that gave so many people and opportunity to enjoy the thrill of open cockpit biplane flying.