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Final Great Lakes design was Cirrus-powered amphibian (left) which just couldn't fly. They then fitted Wright J-5 Whirlwind engines, but it still didn't help. Failure of the amphib, plus the Depression, broke Great Lakes.
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home. Junkin and Bru[[handwritten strikethrough]] c [[/strikethrough]] kner reorganized under the name "Advance Airplane Company." However, the name Waco stuck, and every craft they produced in ensuing years was thus identified.

Charlie Meyers continued to barnstorm while reworking a rotary-powered WW-1 Thomas-Morse Scout into a 2-placer fitted with an OX-5 mill. Meyers next designed and built—in a Greensboro, N.C., barn—a 3-place biplane around the ubiquitous "0-by-5" engine.

"I wore it out barnstorming," Charlie recalls.

By 1925 Charlie [[handwritten strikethrough]][[illegible]] [[/strikethrough]] was building the Meyers Midget, a plane he hoped to offer in kit form.

Charlie took the Midget to the National Air Races at Philadelphia in 1926. Though he averaged 106-mph for 7 laps around the 5-mile triangular course, he was forced out with engine trouble. The Midget's power-plant was a 32-hp Bristol-built Cherub with two opposed cylinders. Such a speed/hp ratio is impressive even today. This amazing little ship was the first to employ Max Munk's reverse-camber M-6 airfoil. The section, developed by Munk at N.A.C.A., is considered by many aerodynamicists as the one that pointed the way toward today's shapes. The Midget had an upper span of 16-ft, lower span of 12-ft. The tapered wings had a chord of 36-inches at the center of the top wing, 24-inches at the tips. Lower wing tapered from 24-inches at center to 12-inches at the tips. Craft was 13-feet long and weighed 3-05-pounds empty—140 of which represented the Cherub engine. Charlie clobbered the Midget in a Philadelphia shipyard following a second engine failure. He escaped uninjured.

Practically broke and with a wife to support, Meyers looked up to Waco. Sam Junkin had died after bringing out the Waco 9; it was Advance Airplane's first really successful craft. [[circled by hand]]"Clayt Bruckner [[/circle]] knew shop procedure and was a genius with tools, but without Sam he was thinking of folding up. However, he had parts and everything for twenty-odd Model 9's on hand. I suggested we put them together. (continued on page 72)

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Unsure of how to transcribe the crossed out "c" in Brukner's name. Unsure of how to transcribe blacked-out portion in paragraph 4.

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