Erco Ercoupe and derivatives

  • CountryUnited States of America
  • TypeTwo-seat light aircraft
  • Powerplants415C - One 55.9kW (75hp) Continental C-75-12 or -12F piston engine driving a two-blade propeller. F-1 - One 67.1kW (90hp) Continental C-90-12F piston engine driving a two-blade propeller. A-2 - One 67.1kW (90hp) Continental C-90-16F piston engine driving a McCauley two-blade metal fixed-pitch propeller M-10 - Same as A-2
  • Performance415C - Max speed 188km/h (102kt), cruising speed 161km/h (87kt). Initial rate of climb 750ft/min. Service ceiling 14,500ft. Range 645km (400nm). F-1 - Cruising speed 195km/h (105kt). Service ceiling 15,500ft. Range 805km (435nm). A-2 - Max speed 208km/h (112kt), max cruising speed 200km/h (108kt). Initial rate of climb 640ft/min. Service ceiling 17,300ft. Range 730km (395nm). M-10 - Max speed 190kmh (103kt). Initial rate of climb 835ft/min. Service ceiling 15,500ft. Range 899km (485nm).
  • Weights415C - Empty 364kg (802lb), max takeoff 572kg (1260lb). F-1 - Empty 404-422kg (890-930lb), max takeoff 635kg (1400lb). A-2 - Empty 422kg (930lb), max takeoff 658kg (1450lb) M-10 - Empty 430kg (950lb), max takeoff 658kg (1450lb)
  • Dimentions415C - Wing span 9.14m (30ft 0in), length 6.15m (20ft 2in), height 1.90m (6ft 3in). F-1 - Same as 415C A-2 - Same as 415C, except length 6.20m (20ft 4in), wing area 13.2m2 (142.6sq ft). M-10 - Wing span 9.14m (30ft 0in), length 6.30m (20ft 8in), height 2.34m (7ft 8in), wing area 13.2m2 (142.6sq ft)
  • CapacitySeating for two side-by-side.
  • ProductionTotal production amounts to 5,604 aircraft, comprising 1 model 310 and 4,872 model 415 built by Erco, 209 model 415 built by Sanders, 139 model F-1 built by Forney and Fornaire, 26 model F-1 built by Air Products, 244 model A-2 built by Alon, and 52 model A-2 and 61 model M-10 built by Mooney.

In 1937, Fred Weick of Erco (The Engineering and Research Corp) created the model 310, which was the premise for the unique Ercoupe.

The principal flight was made on October 1, 1937 with a 37hp Continental A-40 motor, which was later supplanted by a 55hp Erco IL-116. Fred Weick's examination into safe planes was utilized in the configuration. The rudder controls were wiped out and the air ship was taken care of by the control wheel just, making it simple to fly and making stalls and twists practically incomprehensible. Later models returned to customary rudder bars, as existing pilots had a tendency to be confounded by the framework. A novel altered tricycle arriving rigging for better ground taking care of was introduced, and the cockpit was intended to have allround perceivability.

The flying machine was a low-wing lodge monoplane with side-by-side seating for two, and had an all-metal fuselage with fabric-secured wings, yet later generation had all-metal wings. The 310 was initially flown with a solitary balance, however amid improvement this was supplanted by twin tailfins. Following three years of thorough testing, on March 25, 1940, the sort declaration was issued to the creation show, the 415c, which was fueled by a 65hp Continental A-65-8 motor. Creation was ended in 1941 after 112 air ship had been manufactured, as all aluminum was required for the war exertion. One 415c was assessed by the Air Force as a perception airplane, assigned YO-55, and two more were tried as target automatons, assigned XPQ-13, however the flying machine was not discovered suitable for military administration.

In August 1945 generation of the 415c was continued, with a few changes and a 75hp Continental C-75-12 motor. In February 1946, Fred Weick got the Fawcett Aviation Award for the best commitment to the experimental headway of private flying. Post-war, Erco assembled 4,408 model 415c, 77 model 415d, and 275 model 415cd. In 1950, they stopped creation of the Ercoupe on the grounds that light airplane generation got to be uneconomic for them.

Creation of the Ercoupe was given over to Sanders, who finished 209 flying machine from Erco parts as the 415e (85hp Continental C-85-12 motor), 415f (90hp C-90), 415g Clubair (85hp C-85-12 with an extra back kid's seat), and 415h (75hp C-75). In 1954 the sort testament was sold to Vest air ship, who did not constructed any airplane, however sold it on to Forney in April 1955.

Forney delivered 139 airplane as the F-1 and F-1a Aircoupe with numerous subtle elements enhanced, and fueled by a 90hp Continental C-90-12f motor. Forney changed name to Fornaire in 1959, and the F-1 was currently accessible with contrasting gauges of supplies as the Execta, Expediter, and Explorer.

Air Products assumed control generation in 1960 and fabricated an alternate 26 as the F-1a Aircoupe until 1962. In 1964 Alon began to construct the configuration as the A-2 and A-2a Aircoupe with a 90hp Continental C-90-16f motor, a sliding air pocket covering, and different progressions. Alon united with Mooney in 1967, who kept on building the A-2a, yet in 1969 they overhauled the flying machine with a solitary balance as the M-10 Cadet. In 1970 the last ones were created.

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