DRACO - The Most Badass Monster Bush Plane EVER!

  • Published on Jul 26, 2018
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Comments • 3 238

  • Trent Palmer
    Trent Palmer  8 months ago +36

    For more footage of Draco in action check out Mike's first official day in the backcountry: thexvid.com/video/D5Z2VNTFp-Q/video.html 👍

    • codyd jenkins
      codyd jenkins 5 days ago

      RIP Draco. He just rolled it taking off in a crosswind.

    • Charles T
      Charles T Month ago +1

      Trent Palmer
      Tell the guy that owns that BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING PLANE that I’ll trade him my wife and my sister for that PLANE. It’s soo amazing I have to spell plane in ALL CAPS

    • stuff and things
      stuff and things Month ago

      Saw this at eaa yesterday was amazing to see in person beautiful plane.

  • R
    R Day ago

    Wow. Things get predictive at 15 minutes.
    I want to invest in Draco 2. Please let me know how to make this magic continue.
    Mike and Jocko are the two most inspiring people of whom I'm aware.

  • Gregory Fish
    Gregory Fish Day ago

    Taildraggers are so Dangerous. I said that 5 months ago. Go figure!

  • Capn Pete
    Capn Pete Day ago

    So sad to look back on this, what a great plane it was. Mike, we feel your pain, buddy. You're still the greatest!

  • Mark Viereck
    Mark Viereck Day ago +1

    It was, not no more.

  • GR. Hollman
    GR. Hollman Day ago

    Is this the Draco that bit the dust in Reno? If so, so sorry yet you are all safe.

  • Bill Hamilton
    Bill Hamilton Day ago

    Trent.....Please tell us there was hull insurance on Draco.... How's Mike doing 3 days later?

  • BigDawg Cleveland

    Bad design! The front two landing legs are WAY too long. If the back wheel does not clear an object it won't matter how high the front wheels are so.... Lower those ugly long front stilts and you wont need a ladder to climb into the cockpit AND you can see where you are landing!

    • Nkm R
      Nkm R Day ago

      They have to be that long for that huge prop. Plus the they hold fuel.

  • Mick Roden
    Mick Roden 2 days ago

    Good onya m8 but try not to beat yourself up too much. It’s refreshing to see you owning your mistake but at least you and the wifey didn’t get hurt... besides the fingernail haha. I’m sure you’ll rebuild her bigger and better than ever....good luck m8😉. Mick from Australia.

  • Orlando Vazquez
    Orlando Vazquez 2 days ago

    Rich people hobbies.

  • Michael Ali
    Michael Ali 2 days ago

    Great Video, I can remember I flew in a PZL-104 Wilga way back what I was a cadet with Civil Air Patrol in Upland Ca. our base commander owned one and was big into using as a tow aircraft for gliders 👍 Shame to see this Ship be destroyed in a ground loop at Reno 😞 Does anyone know if he plans on rebuilding it? Or is it a total loss..

  • rjhinnj
    rjhinnj 2 days ago

    Who ever filmed this... point camera at what he is talking about.... don't want to look at this guys face the whole time!

    OSUNA 2 days ago

    now its just a pile of airplane gibbs.

  • Kcuf Elgoog
    Kcuf Elgoog 3 days ago

    Shame he misjudged the severity of the c/w's, as do many. (or maybe the modified plane's capabilities)

  • Lisa Aguilar
    Lisa Aguilar 3 days ago

    Rest In Paradise Draco

  • LoveAddict69
    LoveAddict69 3 days ago

    The star of the show.

  • /\non/^\edi€
    /\non/^\edi€ 3 days ago

    This was the first time I saw draco. Just came back to share this video in memory. RIP Draco. I'm glad Mike, Mrs. patey, and his friend are all ok.
    TBH I'm curious to see what the future holds for the scraps/engine of Draco.
    I could tell Mike was crushed.
    My hats off to any man Willing to own their ****, and learn from it.
    Unfortunately Aviation is a thing where mistakes are often fatal. So we all can learn from this.
    You can't control the weather. But you can wait it out.
    Fly safe.

  • Tony Gomes
    Tony Gomes 3 days ago

    Great show.

  • carazo321
    carazo321 3 days ago +1

    R.I.P. Draco

  • Jazon J.
    Jazon J. 3 days ago

    PZL Wilga - jakiż to piękny oryginalny polski samolot!

  • James A Dauphinais
    James A Dauphinais 3 days ago +1

    He just crashed . Draco is gone. 😪
    He walked away.

  • DML Channel
    DML Channel 4 days ago +1

    Pretty sure Obama would claim: "You didn't build that"... when in effect Mike essentially did.

    • Scott Kuhn
      Scott Kuhn 22 hours ago

      @WesleyLocust it was in context obama was a bum

    • WesleyLocust
      WesleyLocust 2 days ago

      No - you completely misinterpreted Obama on that. Obama might say he didn't build the runway or the terminal, or the road going to the air strip, but he would give credit where credit is due for the construction of the plane and its many modifications. I think you understand this but you have a strong need to express your dislike for Obama, so you are forced to take his statement out of context.

  • Ray Zickrick
    Ray Zickrick 4 days ago


  • alan connelly
    alan connelly 4 days ago

    Sad, sad, sad, day in aviation history yesterday when Draco was totaled in an accident leaving Reno air races to go home. Mike and his passengers are injury free.
    This video serves for great historic purposes of Mike Patey's brilliant engineering, brilliant fabrication skills and brilliant flying skills pushing the limits of aviation. Draco is now gone. Mike is okay.
    Looking forward to seeing him finish and fly the amazing Scrappy project.

  • Dave Pawson
    Dave Pawson 4 days ago

    Once rebuilt no wheels needed, just a couple of kickstands.

  • Christopher Longhorn

    13:35 is where it is

  • Ed Chester
    Ed Chester 4 days ago +1

    'Ground looping', a bit foretelling huh?

  • Spill Burg
    Spill Burg 4 days ago

    RIP Draco

  • philbucher
    philbucher 4 days ago +5

    He crashed it - ground loop on takeoff at Reno, and it is just a pile of metal now!

    • Gregory Fish
      Gregory Fish Day ago

      Ya, taildraggers are so Dangerous, they look like their "ground looping" at the tiedown! Stick to Nosewheel aircraft!

    • GazLowe
      GazLowe 2 days ago

      Yep...pretty well junked it. To his credit, he owned the crash though.🤔

  • Sean C
    Sean C 4 days ago

    RIP Draco :( i hope he rebuilds!

  • ken wanless
    ken wanless 4 days ago

    So sorry to hear about the crash, Mike. Glad it is only twisted metal.

  • Tim Gilbear
    Tim Gilbear 4 days ago +1

    AND now it's in the shop, if not the junque yard. Crashed at the Air races taking off in high winds.

  • Rob Ralph
    Rob Ralph 4 days ago

    R.I.P Draco 😢😢

  • gypsy freedom
    gypsy freedom 4 days ago +2

    RIP, Draco. so glad Mike and family/friends are ok. Draco will be missed

  • DaOneJoel
    DaOneJoel 4 days ago

    RIP Draco, I hope it will some day be back, more badass then ever!

  • funkyzero
    funkyzero 4 days ago

    RIP, Draco. Glad you guys are all Ok, Mike

  • jameshisself
    jameshisself 4 days ago

    In light of yesterday's crash, I think a mechanized collapsible system that doesn't have that huge travel when it is not needed might be a good idea. Help with crosswind takeoffs and ground loops.

  • Francisco André Gonçalves

    14:45 - What shouldn't haven't happen... :(
    DRACO will return...We all hope so! RIP!

  • MaydayFPV
    MaydayFPV 5 days ago

    R.I.P. Draco

  • Dale Anderson
    Dale Anderson 5 days ago

    Now it's a total loss.

  • mejw1
    mejw1 5 days ago +8

    Sad News. Draco crashed. Good news is everyone is safe!!!! Crashed taking off today

  • Brian Zeek
    Brian Zeek 5 days ago +4

    "unless I really wreck it..."

  • Visda58
    Visda58 5 days ago


  • Goldenhordemilo
    Goldenhordemilo 5 days ago

    your a decent engineer please fix it

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  • Clappin Cheeks
    Clappin Cheeks 5 days ago


  • Jim Sonnenmeier
    Jim Sonnenmeier 5 days ago

    crashed and destroyed today ... thexvid.com/video/NfctWAoDXvs/video.html

  • kevalb94
    kevalb94 5 days ago +11

    "almost every wilga in existence has been ground looped" RIP DRACO :'(

    • DeadlyDiddly
      DeadlyDiddly 5 days ago +2

      Indeed - Mike being prophetic @13:39 😢

  • Ryan McGowan
    Ryan McGowan 5 days ago +1

    This was the first time I saw Draco. I was enthralled. I had been anxious to see her fly at some point. Such a sad loss.

  • Ritzy Rex
    Ritzy Rex 5 days ago


  • Vega
    Vega 5 days ago +2

    So sad this plane was destroyed today, can I get an F

  • upupaepops
    upupaepops 5 days ago +4

    I'm sure we'll see Draco II in the not too distant future. Can't keep a good man, or plane, down.

  • Ken Wiberg
    Ken Wiberg 5 days ago

    Not any more !.........crashed !

  • JohnMac
    JohnMac 5 days ago +1

    He built it, he flew it a few hundred hours, he wrecked it 2019 Reno. $1M down the tubes, but he'll get another Wilga and do it up again I'm sure.

  • Bill Jephson II
    Bill Jephson II 5 days ago

    Dammit Janet!!!

  • Craig Petersman
    Craig Petersman 5 days ago

    Sadly, Mike crashed this plane a few hours ago. Crazy part is that he describes exactly what happened in the crash at about the 13:30 mark of this video (except for the winds effect). His expertise and engineering in this plane was amazing!

  • Smartyrdumb ?
    Smartyrdumb ? 5 days ago


  • Sean R
    Sean R 5 days ago +2

    Rest in Peace Draco... Sad to see you go, but thank you for keeping Mike safe. Planes can always be replaced, people can't. Keep flying and I can't wait to see what Draco Version 2.0!

  • LouisvilleStreetScene

    R.I.P. Draco

  • Bradd Pitt
    Bradd Pitt 5 days ago +13

    Damn those wingtip springs didn't work

    • nick arganbright
      nick arganbright 12 hours ago +1

      Yea feel like I'm being wooshed but bro, ment for a ground loop on landing not an all out wreck