Jet Waco

Screamin' Sasquatch Jet Waco:

What 1929 airplane can now fly vertically? The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco can and will thrill audiences this year. A recreation of the popular Jet Waco attraction developed by Jimmy Franklin and Les Shockley in 1969, Sasquatch is a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco powered by its conventional Pratt & Whitney 985 Radial Engine. The excitement comes from a modern day General Electric Jet Engine cleverly tucked underneath producing an additional 3,000 pounds of thrust that will allow it to fly vertically. These dual power plants provide over 4,500 lbs. of thrust, a loud distinctive roar and an amazing performance. Flown by retired Lt. Col John Klatt, the Screamin’ Sasquatch is one wild, untamed airplane that spectators are sure to enjoy.


  • The Waco Aircraft plant in Troy, Ohio built thousands of Waco aircraft between 1919 and 1947!
  • John joined the Minnesota Air National Guard and flew a C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft during Operation Restore Hope.
  • He later transitioned to the F-16 Fighting Falcon and completed three combat tours in Iraq!