Tony Little letter to Texaco

Texaco Aviation advertisement with letter from Tony Little endorsing Texaco products.

“I sincerely believe that Texaco gas had a great deal to do with the fact that my ship won more races and more prize money at the Miami Air Meet than any other ship, and was responsible for the efficient service my motor gave me on the Florida Air Tour.”

Here are pictures of Monosport NC8974, which is the ship Tony refers to in his letter.

Tony-Little-letter-to-Texaco

 

Monosport NC8974

In mid-1929, Henry A. “Tony” Little bought one of the first Warner-powered “Monosport” for sport-flying and air-racing.  In approximately 3 years time, the little “Monosport” and its deft pilot had completed in 87 closed-course races, finishing first in 51 events and second in 27 events.  This “fast-flying duo” were also contenders in 7 cross-country derbies, taking a first in 3 of them and a second in two of them.  Such performance and unflinching stamina was not unusual in Mono-built aircraft.

N8974-3

N8974-1

N8974-4

“Miss Moline”

I had an inquiry about the status of “Miss Moline”, Phoebe Omlie’s Monocoupe, which according to the FAA registry is owned by Ed Saurenman. Here is a picture from a Sport Aviation article back in 2004. Does anyone know if there has been progress on bringing this ship back to life?
"Miss Moline", NC8917