Ted Goettl flying his 1938 Monocoupe 90A near Sedona, AZ. Picture taken by Tiffany Goettl flying a 1946 Taylorcraft. NC19423 is based at Cottonwood, AZ.
I scanned and uploaded a copy of a Monocoupe Model 90A brochure. File is 6.3 MB.
Picture of front page of brochure:
Did you know this about Clare Bunch? From the Orlando Sentinel newspaper, March 1, 1971.
The war and financial troubles closed down the Monocoupe factory in Florida. But it didn’t stop Bunch. He joined Gen. Jimmy Doolittle and, while he won’t say too much about his war experiences, the late Quentin Reynolds wrote this in his book, “The Amazing Mr. Doolittle”:
“That afternoon Duncan took off for Pearl Harbor: Doolittle headed from Wright Field. He took Lt. Clare Bunch, a brilliant aeronautical engineer, with him.
“The Wright Field personnel had been ordered to give Doolittle any assistance he wanted. They were considerably puzzled at the strange things he and Bunch did with a B-25 during the next 10 days.
“Doolittle and Bunch worked day and night figuring out ways to lighten the airplane. After a week, its own father, Dutch Kindelberger, wouldn’t have known his brain child. Doolittle was satisfied now that it could do the job.”
The job was the first bombing raid on Tokyo, and the B-25’s, adapted for carrier takeoffs, successfully bombed the city.
Following the war years, Bunch returned to Orlando, He now lives in Maitland, does consultant work for aerospace companies – and remembers the “Finest” airplane he ever saw, The Monocoupe.
Todd Goudeau has purchased 1934 90AW NC11762 and brought it home to Lafayette, Louisiana. NC11762 was converted from its original Lambert 90hp motor to the Warner 145 in 1954. This is signifiant because the field approval qualifies as “approved data” and provided the path for the later conversions of N11782 (Iler), N15440 (Craig), N11795 (Galarate), N18056 (Galloway formerly Meuser), and N38904 (EAA Neumann).
Todd reports in with : Just got my Monocoupe home! VERY pleased with the overall condition of it. The steel tubing and wood are perfect. Wings are very nice. Just need to be cleaned up and re varnished in a couple places. Basically ready for cover. I want to convert to hydraulic disc/toe brakes and wide gear, as the old left main folded back in 1992 from a ground looping incident….thus the reason for its hiatus, and impending restoration. The aircraft has been heavily optioned/updated over the years. It has had a landing light installed, left door, Frieze type ailerons, Large tailwheel, Cessna 150 seats (i think), a chain and jackscrew trim system with a tab on the elevator, 2, 6 gallon tanks, added outboard of the original wing tanks, and of course the 125, then 145 Warner added. If anybody has info/knowledge/wisdom on building the gear, and adding the toe brakes….I’m open to any help. Thanks. Once i find out how to post pictures….Ill add them. Todd Goudeau, Lafayette La.
Hope to hear more from Todd as the projects progresses.
Many years ago at Antique Airfield:
Does anyone know who is in this picture and the year?
Just arrived home:
At home in the garage: