News stories tend to exaggerate because it looks like he just needed to emergency land in the woods (which thankfully left the pilot and co-pilot fine, and the vintage craft only slightly bent).
Everyone was fine, everything’s okay. So, why bring it up?
When I see a plane from the 1940s, I have to mention it!
This is a late 1940s Ercoupe. Ercoupes use tricycle gears–basically backwards-for-the-day landing gear which keeps it from tipping forward when landing. You have one wheel in the front and two in the back. I think the two-seater planes like this look adorable, but that’s the less technical side of me speaking.
Here’s an example of the taildragger style plane, the popular style back then:
The other thing that fascinates me about the Ercoupes is that you can put the windows down and catch a breeze.
I’ve heard flying an Ercoupe is an amazing experience. I’ve always wanted to learn to fly and fly around into a two-seater plane, so I hope I get the chance to some day. But I’ve noticed the Ercoupe owners also have a special relationship with their planes.
Check out this video of a Ercoupe its pilot set to music. Besides the good action shots of the plane, it also is a great example of this special relationship. It reminds me a movie montage of a couple’s relationship.
But Ercoupe also had great ads.
You can see the tricycle landing gear in action up there. In addition to the plane, I would love the outfit of the woman on the left running towards the plane.
22 miles to the gallon! That’s better than my Chevy Malibu. And ‘d love to take a free demonstration flight, if only I could find a Ercoupe dealer-airport.
Have you ever flown a Ercoupe? Or been the “co-pilot”? Please tell me, and make me as jealous as you can!
Disclaimer: I don’t know if you can tell, but I like Ercoupes.