Demon-1 Biplane, "Dracula"
Franklin’s Flying Circus Demon-1 Biplane "Dracula", at the 2013 California Capital Airshow.
Dracula was an aircraft Kyle Franklin and his father started working on back in 2004. “It’s a one-of-a-kind aircraft that looks a lot like the Waco Mystery Ship that has been in my family for more than 45 years,” he said. “ Dracula is 20 percent smaller than the Waco. I wanted something that had the look and sound of the old-time barnstormer aircraft that also featured the modern accessories of newer aircraft.”
The aircraft flies beautifully, said Franklin. “It has a new lightweight propeller by MT that is 80 pounds lighter than the old prop. We have the very first direct port, fuel injected 985 Pratt & Whitney engine,” he said. “We can do more gyroscopic and tumbling maneuvers, plus we still have the smoke, the noise and the look of yesteryear.”
2013 California Capital Airshow
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