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.
I found the following picture at this link. Part of a collection of aircraft photos by Ed Coates.
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?
Walt Bowe posted this photo of N2347 on the Facebook Monocoupe Aircraft Group.
An absolutely stunning aircraft!
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.
Uploaded an article about the restoration of Monocoupe 110 Special N36Y and added a link in Resources for Monocoupe Restorers. This is a 3 MB PDF file.
The article describes the early years of N36Y when she was flown by Woody Edmondson on the airshow circuit and the restoration by John McCulloch after the ship sat in disarray for several years.