"Near Towanda: Bridgeport Machine Company's Waco EQC-6 in 1936"
By Michael Boss
Casein on Rag Board
12" x 18"

From the Collection of Nelson Pratt, Wichita, Kansas

The painting is accompanied with two original ads from Bridgeport Machine Company circa 1936.

Over the years, I collected photographs originally taken during 1936 "in the patch" near Wichita. Bridgeport Machine Company was a large oil manufacturing operation with offices throughout the country. Oil companies were no different from celebrities or other corporations in owning the stunning aircraft of aviation's Golden Era.

With help from the National Waco Club and Gary Hyatt, I was able to obtain the original colors when first flown from the factory in Troy, Ohio. Unlike many aircraft companies, Waco managed to preserve their original color scheme papers for each plane. Leon George Larson was Bridgeport's pilot. See Gary Hyatt's link for more on Larson.