Walt Bowe’s Clipwing

UPDATED 3/3/2017 with link to NC2347 flyby posted on the Monocoupe Group on Facebook by Jim Rollison – scroll down for video.

Walt Bowe recently acquired N2347, a 1933 Monocoupe 110 Special. Walt and Brant Seghetti posted some pictures of N2347 on the Monocoupe Aircraft Group on Facebook.

Walt Bowe 110 Special




Jim Rollison posted the following video of a NC2347 flyby:

Walt Jackson and N15E

I found the following picture at this link.  Part of a collection of aircraft photos by Ed Coates.

Walt Jackson and Monocoupe 110 N15E

The caption for the picture was:

This is the clipped wing Monocoupe 110 (nine feet taken off the regular110 model’s span), built in 1949. Powered by a 200 hp Warner Super Scarab, this baby cruised at 216 mph, and was stressed for 12 Gs. This aircraft is restored and is on display at the Air Venture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The above photograph was supplied by Monocoupe in 1950. The inscription on the cabin door reads ‘Walt Jackson’ Presumably that is Mr. Jackson standing proprietarily alongside the helmeted cowling. Details, anyone?

Jim Heim told the following story about Walt Jackson:

The story about Walt Jackson always sorta amused me. I never met the man, corresponded with him once, many years ago, don’t know if he’s still around. A good friend of mine out here knew him back there in Texas. Chuck Flemming. According to Chuck, he and Walt were at the field one day with Walt’s ‘Coupe outside parked by a brand new Beech Bonanza. Walt, in his old bib overalls was visiting with Chuck near the Bonanza when the owner arrived with a couple of girls. One of the girls made a comment to the effect of what kind of plane was the Monocoupe. The Bonanza owner’s reply was somewhat derogatory concerning old rag and tube airplanes such as that. They boarded the Bonanza and taxied out. Walt’s comment to Chuck was, ‘Watch this’, and he followed them out in the ‘Coupe and took off right behind them. He promptly rolled the ‘Coupe inverted and went past them on the climb out. He flew the pattern inverted, rolled out on final and landed only to be met by the CAA inspectors who happened to be on the field. According to Chuck, that was the last time Walt ever flew that Monocoupe. Now Chuck is a pretty straightforward person, I know the ‘Coupe sat in a hangar there for years and years so I suspect this is pretty much what happened.

I wonder if the story is true?

Red Lerille’s Monocoupes

Harmon Dickerson recently  posted some pictures of several of Red Lerille’s Monocoupes on his Facebook Page.  Red is from Lafayette, LA and owns Red Lerille’s Health and Racquet Club, the largest gym in the region.

Red has an outstanding collection of perfectly restored Monocoupes and here are pictures of several of them.

His 1941 Monocoupe D-145, NC17687, which is now on display at the Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation & Cypress Sawmill Museum in Patterson Louisiana.

Red Lerille's Monocoupe D-145 NC17687
Red Lerille's Monocoupe D-145 NC17687

His 1937 Monocoupe 90A, NC16427 in two different color schemes over the years:
Red Lerille and Monocoupe 90A NC16427
Red Lerille's Monocoupe 90A NC16427
His 1930 Monocoupe 110 Special, N546W in two different color schemes over the years:
Red Lerille's Monocoupe 110 Special N546W in blue and yellow
Red Lerille's Monocoupe 110 Special in Yellow and Red