RETAIL STORE HOURS: Our Retail Store is open 8:30 am. to 4:30 pm. weekdays. We are located 1/4 mile north of Highway 36 at 1216 North Road in Lyons, WI. Also at this location, we have our own private turf airstrip, 2600 ft. East-West and 2100 ft. North-South - Latitude 42˚, 39 min. -60”.; Longitude 88˚, 21 min. -45”. Fly in customers should see the Chicago Sectional Map.
OUR HISTORY: Wag-Aero was founded by Dick and Bobbie Wagner in the basement of their house in Lyons in the early 1960s. By 1965, Wag-Aero printed its first catalog and continued to expand. In 1971, the company moved from Wagner's basement to its present location on North Road. The original warehouse and manufacturing facility has been expanded by three additions. The airstrip was built at the top of the hill for the convenience of our many fly-in customers.
Wag-Aero sales are worldwide, serving such countries as Canada, Western Europe, South Africa, Japan and Australia. Our catalog lists over 10,000 items and we maintain a web-store for internet orders and a digital catalog with direct links to the web-store for ordering convenience.
Wag-Aero's first kit aircraft, the Sport Trainer, is a replica of the Piper J-3 Cub. Homebuilders can build this aircraft by ordering many required parts through Wag-Aero. Later, the Wag-A-Bond and the Sportsman 2+2 were added. The Sportsman 2+2 is one of the first four-place homebuilt aircraft which can be purchased via kit.
Aero Fabricators, originally a subsidiary of Wag-Aero, and now a separate business unit, was formed in the mid 1970s. There are three departments within Aero Fabricators: welding, sheet metal fabrication, and seat belt manufacturing. The welding department remanufactures aircraft mufflers and engine mounts to FAA standards. They also produce many new manufactured aircraft exhaust systems, as well as structural components. The sheet metal department manufactures gas tanks, leading edges and metal skins and cowlings for many different aircraft, including our own kit aircraft. Both departments work together on the prefabrication of different items for our kit aircraft. The seat belt division manufactures and repairs FAA approved seat belts and shoulder harnesses in many styles and colors and has been a leader in the industry in designing and manufacturing shoulder harness installation kits. In all, Aero Fabricators produces approximately 850 various components.
In 1995, Dick and Bobbie Wagner sold The Wag-Aero Group of companies to Bill Read and Mary Myers. Management continues to support the general aviation community by providing a variety of high quality products with attractive pricing. The first priority of the company is to provide exceptional customer service.
In April 1997 Wag-Aero acquired the assets of Viking Aero Manufacturing which expanded our product and manufacturing lines to include, 23 different types of hand held tow bars, 17 models of hitch tow bars, 5 new designs of windsock frames and several models of aircraft jacks.
In March, 2005 Wag-Aero acquired the assets of Safe Air Repair, Inc. which expanded our FAA/PMA line of manufactured parts to include many PMA'd parts for the Aeronca and Taylorcraft aircraft models. This includes the 7AC Champ, the 11AC Chief and the Taylorcraft BC12D, along with numerous additional Aeronca 7 and 8 series models.
We are extremely proud of our growth over the years, which has been largely due to a loyal customer base, dedicated and innovative employees, complimentary product line expansions and a strong commitment to customer service. With your help we intend to continue to grow together.