08:01 AM

Timeline Flight 10 -- Ercoupe 415-C

With the approach of Civil Air Patrol's 80th anniversary Dec.1, Maj. Ronald C. Finger of the Minnesota Wing's Crow Wing Composite Squadron worked with Col. Frank Blazich of the Col. Louisa S. Morse Center for Civil Air Patrol History, CAP national historian, on a special project -- to create “Timeline Flight” paintings showcasing some of the wide variety of CAP aircraft flown over the years.

The 21 aircraft selected span the Coastal Patrol days of World War II, the postwar years and finally the aircraft Civil Air Patrol aircrews fly today. This is the 10th. Others will be posted every five days.

Ercoupe 415-C N93721

  • Capacity: 2
  • Length: 20 feet 9 inches
  • Maximum speed: 110 mph
  • Cruise speed: 95 mph
  • Range: 300 miles
  • Service ceiling: 13,000 feet

The ERCO Ercoupe is a low-wing monoplane aircraft  first flown in 1937. It was originally manufactured  by the Engineering and Research Corporation (ERCO), with several other manufacturers continuing its production after World War II. The final model, the Mooney M-10, was produced from 1968-1970. It was designed to be the safest fixed-wing aircraft  aerospace engineering could provide at the time, and the type continues to enjoy a faithful following.

N93721 “Chiquita” was flown by the California Wing.

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Stinson 105-10A Voyager
Beechcraft Staggerwing B-17L 
Waco YKS-6
Fairchild 24-C8F
Grumman G-44A Widgeon
Stinson SR-9C Reliant “Gull Wing”
Piper J3-65 Cub
Culver Cadet LCA
 Aeronca L-16A