This 2023 Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Is a Modern, Golden Age ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Classic biplane returned to the market a decade ago under the WACO banner.

2023 Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 [Mark Woods]

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The Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 traces its lineage back to the early 1930s. But after the company shut down in 1936, a string of manufacturers resurrected the design, which became a fixture in aerobatic competition during the 1960s.  

Monoplanes might have been staging a takeover of precision aerobatics at the time, but many pilots still considered wire-braced biplanes the best mounts for mastering the Aresti Catalog of maneuvers. Some of the top competitors of the era flew Great Lakes aircraft, often modified for enhanced performance.

These aircraft also gained a following with private pilots who enjoyed aerobatics as a pastime for sharpening flying skills and those who simply liked the feel of a vintage biplane. For such enthusiasts, the Great lakes has become the quintessential sport biplane, capable of cross-country travel as well as neat airshow routines. There is still demand for them, and after WACO found recent success selling its golden age models, the company expanded its line to include the Great Lakes.

This nearly new Great Lakes has 10 hours on the airframe and eight hours on its 180 hp Lycoming AEIO-360, which is equipped with inverted fuel and oil systems. The panel includes a Garmin G5, Garmin Aera 660 WAAS GPS, Trig TY-91 Cim, Garmin GDL 52 ADS-B datalink, Trig TN-70 ADS-B In and Out, Trig TT-22 Mode S transponder, G meter, and JPI EDM 930.

Additional equipment includes cockpit covers, dual cockpit heater, entry-assist roll bar handle, aerobatic harnesses and LED lighting.

Pilots who are interested in owning a classic, golden age style, aerobatic biplane in new condition and built using modern methods and equipment should consider this 2023 Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, which is available for $335,000 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

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