May 2011 Newsletter - Cal-Coupers
Ercoupe Owner's Club Region 7 (California)
*** Hello Everyone,
No one has answered the call for a temporary editor for this newsletter
for 3 months, Aug-Sept.-Oct. of this year. (I love this group, but my wedding &
honeymoon take precedence! ;->)) Therefore, there will be no newsletter for those
months, plus sporadic issues from now through July, as news warrants & time permits. If
we’re not attacked by Murphy, a regular schedule should resume with the November
FAA Safety Team: HOT SPOT-Restricted Area R-2502A; Fort Irwin, CA
Notice Number: NOTC2955
This is an "ALERT" notiﬁcation from The Riverside Flight Standards District Ofﬁce,
(FSDO) regarding an excessively high number of Pilot Deviations in the Restricted Area;
"R-2502A" of Fort Irwin, CA. This airspace is relatively new in the Mojave Desert, established in
Dec. 2009. Details are; ALTITUDE: Surface to 16,000', TIME of USE: Continuous,
CONTROLLING AGENCY/CONTACT FACILITY: Los Angeles Cntr. It is attached to R-2502E
just to the north of Daggett VOR. (Click on Link Below to See Attached Chart Depiction)
The Riverside FSDO would like to remind pilots to be vigilant of the airspace your'e ﬂying
through. It is necessary to have updated charts and/or GPS (RAIM/WAAS) data to maintain your
situational awareness at all times in the National Airspace System. As PIC it is a requirement to
utilize all necessary information, as noted in Sec. 91.103-Preﬂight action; Each pilot in
command shall, before beginning a ﬂight, become familiar with all available information
concerning that ﬂight.
New Ercoupe Owner Mark Walker wrote:
A year or so ago I e-mailed you about how to ﬁnd an ercoupe and you were kind enough to
take the time to get back to me. I wanted to take the time to say thank you for the e-mail and
advice. After several months a friend and I ﬁnally found our airplane and I am sending
some pictures so you can share in our joy.
Thank you so very much again,
[See Plane of the Month below, for more photos of Mark’s “new” Ercoupe]
*** Upcoming May EOC Region 7 events: Please RSVP to Linda Abrams
@ LASprite@cox.net and Gary Dallugge (805-300-5349) for SoCal events, or to Maynard Smith
@ firstname.lastname@example.org & Buzz Dolim @ email@example.com for NorCal events as soon
as possible, but no later than the Thursday night prior if you are planning to attend the event
and would like to meet up!
MAY 21 RED BLUFF (RBL)
Buzz’s NorCal email list: NorCal folks need to know that Buzz Dolim leads a lot of informal
Ercoupe ﬂy-outs around NorCal, to brunch, lunch, airshows, etc., some impromptu. He wrote, “I add to the
[email] list only those who ask to be included....There are 32 on the NorCal list. Please RSVP for
restaurants, not for shows.” Tell Buzz at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be on it.
Other Area Events this Month: (Let us know if you’re going & want company!)
May 14, 15 Planes of Fame Airshow Chino, CA 8am—5pm , Adults: $15—$20
"Air Show 2011: Celebrating 100 years of U.S. Naval Aviation"
Warbird Heaven! http://www.planesoffame.org/index.php?page=chino-air-show
SATURDAY MAY 14, 2011 -- MINTER FIELD AIR MUSEUM ANNUAL FLY – IN
A SALUTE TO ALL VETERANS FROM WWII UP TO AND INCLUDING AFGHANISTAN
Pre-register your airplane for parking slot and “Spot landing” contest
Sign up on web page:
May 14, 2011 - Warbirds, Wings & Wheels - Estrella Warbirds Museum, Paso Robles. ewarbirds.org
May 14, 2011 -- Oceano Airport Celebration Day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=R1KhQ65C9OMFriends of Oceano Airport web site: http://www.friendsofoceanoairport.com/ (Sent by Dan Hall)
Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM -- "Aircraft Performance - Hot & High"
Hangar 1A Benton Airport, Redding, CA 96001 (suggested by Maynard)
Mr. Terry Lankford (a published author of six aviation weather books) , a 30 year FAA Flight Service
Specialist (retired), and current CFI will present considerations for HOT and or HIGH elevations (or high
ﬂights) regarding aircraft performance. The sponsor for this seminar is: FAASTeam
The following credit(s) are available for the WINGS/AMT Programs: Basic Knowledge 3 1.00
Willits EAA Chapter 1027 Free Gas Fly-In at O28 on Sunday May 15th from 1100 to 1600. Twenty gallons of free
avgas will be awarded by drawing, ten gallons to each of two categories, homebuilt/experimental and certified/
manufactured. One free gas drawing ticket will be issued for each $5 entry in our 50/50 cash raffle. We'll be serving
a great lunch of ham,turkey,beef, and veggie wraps incl. dessert for a $5 donation. Historical Aircraft certificates
available. Info www.eaa1027.org and Paul Trexel at email@example.com
May 21 -- Western Museum of Flight, in Torrance, CA (KTOA) -- talk by Mike Ciminera, Northrop
Grumman VP, Ret. “The F-14 Design Evolution; the Ultimate Cat”
May 28 -- Western Museum of Flight -- display & program on kit-built planes, featuring RVs
May 28 & May 29 -- The 17th annual “World’s Smallest” Air Show will be held at Brian
Ranch from 8 AM until 2 PM. We hope that you will be able to participate this year. Fly-ins are
welcome. RV’s can stay at the airport. If you come to stay the weekend, you can come a day or
two earlier. There will be a potluck BBQ on Saturday evening for pilots and special guests. You
can check out our weather at http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?
Sunday, May 22nd -- The San Gabriel Valley, Fullerton, and Orange County Chapters of
the 99s are hosting a fun event coming up at Flabob Airport in Riverside. It is called the
"Cougars vs. Kittens and Tigers vs. Cubs" Pilot Proﬁciency Event. It will pit female
pilots over 50 against those under 50, and male pilots over 50 against those under 50,
for a variety of competitions. “We would be very appreciative if you could share this with
your chapter. The event was designed to be fun, with a lot of proﬁciency added in.”
*** REPORTS from past events:
Castle AFB, April 16, 2011: from Buzzzzz: “There were only two airplanes with three people
total up for Castle, so I'm ofﬁcially canceling this one. We'll probably do something locally.”
El Monte, April 24: also weathered-out
May 6-7-8 Wing Ding in Arizona This year's WingDing was held in Mesquite, Nevada,
during the ﬁrst weekend of May 6 and 7. Les Slifkin sent in this great in-route
shot: “This was taken going up at 148 mph ground speed. It took 2.7 hours to
get there and 6 hours to get home.”
WingDing photos are at
We have an invitation to attend one of the the Catalina Aero Club’s 2nd Saturday
Display Day & Fly-Ins sometime. If we do this as a group, I can arrange no-
landing-fee. Who is interested? And for what month(s)? Please reply to Linda.
! Golden West Regional Fly-in
EOC-7 -- Next Few Months - See also the Master Calendar chart 2011 website.
Forums & Workshops
(NorCal, courtesy Buzz Dolim)
JUNE 8,9,10 NUT-TREE (VCB) Share your expertise with others!
JUNE 10-11-12 ! MYV GOLDEN WEST FLY-IN (MYV)
JUNE 18 ! SAC EXECUTIVE (SAC)
JUNE 19 REDDING-BENTON (O85)
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JULY 16 COLUSA OLD TIMERS (O08)
AUGUST 20 WILLOWS (WLW)
SEPTEMBER 17 AUBURN (AUN)
OCTOBER 15 LODI (1O3)
NOVEMBER 19 SAC ECECUTIVE (SAC)
DECEMBER 17 RED BLUFF (RBL)
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To share your expertise with others, schedule a presentation, etc.:
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June 16-19, 2011 Ercoupe National Convention, Tahlequah, Oklahoma
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[Linda is planning to go; anyone else?]
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July 25-31 -- EAA Airventure, Oshkosh
Dan Hall wrote: “Just FYI – The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 NOTAM is now available.”
Download or order a printed copy at http://www.airventure.org/ﬂying/
August 6 Big Bear (L35) Air Fair 9am—4pm $2/person "Transportation Then to Now"
For more details about an event please contact:
NorCal: Maynard Smith @ firstname.lastname@example.org AND Buzz Dolim
@ email@example.com or 530 743 3672.
SoCal: Linda Abrams @ LASprite@cox.net or phone *between 10 am - 10 pm
ONLY please* (323) 394-2331, and Gary Dallugge @ (805-300-5349)
The Fly In & Air Fair event dates are generally ﬁxed. The 'rain date' for the California 'EOC Fly-out'
events will normally be the following weekend however; contact the Wing Leader or Director for details.
For the EOC SoCal Fly-out events, plan to arrive for late brunch or lunch ( ~ 11 AM to 12:00 noon), with
most departing around 2:00 PM although this is entirely a personal choice. If you have a friend to ﬂy to
the event with, you are encouraged to do so (passenger or an Ercoupe 'ﬂight').
Confirmation will be provided upon receipt of this form. You will receive detailed scheduling information, directions,
housing information, parking, etc. as the event approaches. Thank you for participating in the Fly-In!
Ercouper / member Proﬁle(s):
New EOC-7 Member, Granger Haugh, writes:
“The club has a lot of activities. I was pleasantly surprised to see what all is going
on. I can see that the club is well organized and has plenty of aircraft info readily
“I ﬂew 11 years in the Navy, mostly multiengine seaplanes and S2F/C1A types.
Left the Navy in 1969 and set up my own business in 1974 which I am still running.
Bought my 1st aircraft, a Mooney 231 in 1982, then moved to a Beech Staggerwing for
about 15 years, and then got involved in the 95 % rebuild of a 1929 Travel Air. The TA
sold in July 2010 and I moved into the ranks of LSA. Since I like unique old aircraft I
decided to seriously look at the Ercoupe. I always join the aircraft club a few years
“I plan on going to Flabob to check out on Dave Rogers LSA Ercoupe, and then
plan on going to the national ﬂy in at Tahlequah.
“Thanks for the nice welcome.
YOUR STORY HERE..... !!! (Yes, YOU!)
Please share your own aviation history. Do you have a story to tell…? We’d like to hear it, and learn
more about our members. Email me @ LASprite@cox.net
Planes of the Month:
[YOUR PLANE’S STORY HERE..... !!! We’re interested in your Ercoupe/Aircoupe’s history, too.]
N3939H is a
with a C75 and
metal wings. It
started life in
then on to
Arizona,Calif.,Washington and ended up
back, in Arizona. It was used by a ﬂight school at San Manuel and to train Jessica Cox.
Joe Brooks and I decided to look for an LSA qualiﬁed airplane with tri-gear because we
both received our private tickets in Cessna airplanes. After a year of researching and
looking we found N3939H for sale with 299 engine hours. It has a com. radio, mode s
transponder, and air map 1000 gps.
This last weekend I put 2.6 hours on it with a fuel burn avg of 4.4 gals per hour. As you
can imagine we are delighted with the airplane.
Your more than welcome to use my pictures, I'm sorry none are close ups ﬂying. If you
hear of an Ercoupe instructor in the Phoenix area I would appreciate your forwarding
the info to me. We need cross wind help. We hanger the airplane at Buckeye Muni
where our EAA Chapter 55 meets.
Eric Marshall / Tres Amigos Flying Club Completes 415C Restoration:
“Here are some of the photos from our ﬁrst test ﬂight yesterday of our restored ‘46
415C Coupe N93420. We
have been working on it
for the last two years. All
went well. Del our test
pilot said all systems were
well within specs. I ﬂew it
this morning and she
performed great. We are
looking into a climb prop to
help us in the heat here in
We are going to have 5
local Ercoupes at out
Benton Aviation Day
19th and would enjoy
seeing a few of you guys
ﬂy in for a great pancake
breakfast put on by
EAA chapter 157.
Eric Marshall Sec/
Tres, Tres Amigos
Flying Club, 530
*** News of interest, Ercoupe-related:
“[My] name is Paul Prentice, a life long supporter of Ercoupes and their owners activities. To
know me a bit better, my website is http://www.ﬂyaboutpublishing.com Besides logging several
thousand of hours in my Ercoupes, I am also a amateur writer. Since discovering the new color
android e-readers at Christmas past, I have been in the process of putting out second editions
of my 1991 and 1992 books, "FlyAbout Adventures and the Ercoupe" (ﬁnished) and "This & That
About the Ercoupe" (in progress) in both hard copy and e-books. The original "This &That" book
was in black and white and has been literally copied except I am replacing all the old photo's to
color so the book will be enjoyable and a keeper. In this book I have the space available to up
date to the present some of the current efforts of owners, etc. - so -
Since much has changed in the past 20 years and there is a new generation of Ercoupe fans
and owners. I am soliciting photo's of planes and current owners plus a few short stories
to include in this 2011 edition from any Ercouper that would like to be in print (for ever more).
Please assist me in including West Coast Ercoupers. You all deserve it and so does Mr Fred's
Ercoupe. At age 83, I don't work very fast so time is of the essence as my goal is to have the
hard copies ready by the June Nat'l convention at Tahlequah. I think can include many pictures
if received by May 15th. I have space for about 25 more pages. (Both books will also eventually
be available as e-readers from Amazon but that takes more time and cannot be ﬁnished by
Photo's and stories can be mailed to me at; Flyaboutpublish@cs.com or
through my web site http://www.ﬂyaboutpublishing.com or snail mailed to:
3810 Sage Trail Drive
Paris, TX 75460
Thank you for your consideration.
Per Buzz Dolim, there’s a 'C' model for sale in Lincoln, CA:
ERCOUPE 415C • $31,500 • LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT FOR SALE! • A beautiful Ercoupe 415
C total 807.7 tsmoh 651.7 2091H 2714# with a C-85 HP that has been recently had a annual
and it is ready to ﬂy. During the annual we upgraded to Belle ville Landing gear, New Alternator,
replaced Cleveland Bake disc and pads, replaced engine mounts, all new hoses for fuel lines,
compression very good in the high 70's . Has Transponder and radio plus your choice of a Gar
min 295 or a Lowrance 2000 air map Gps Need to see to enjoy the airplane. All for 31,500 or
BEST OFFER • Contact Kevin Austin, End User - located Granite Bay, CA USA • Telephone:
916-791-0660 . • Fax: 916 791 8491 • Posted April 22, 2011 •
> Please post in the Coupe magazine.
> Jim member # 2586.
> *FOR SALE= $1,500.00 = Excellent
> *SENSENICH WOOD PROP =
W74FKT-48. YELLOW TAGGED TO 0
time on 6/12/1991 by
> AERO-FABRICATORS. *
> 850 hrs on prop since overhaul.
Removed (7/2010) from Ercoupe 415-
C, 85 hp
> Cont. engine. See attached pictures.
Will send Yellow tag with prop.
> *Jim @ 520.233.6992 *
News of interest & Fun Stuff, Other:
Several items in honor of Memorial Day:
WWII-trailer sent in by Tom Crowder:
WASP Violet C. Cowden (“Vi”) has passed away at the age of 93
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eliminate...just keep scrolling on down...]
Jim Grimes shared this amazing story!
By Ralph Kenney Bennett
Tomorrow they will lay the remains of Glenn Rojohn to rest in th e Peace Lutheran Cemetery in the little
town of Greenock, PA , just southeast of Pittsburgh . He was 81, and had been in the air conditioning and
plumbing business in nearby McKeesport . If you had seen him on the street he would probably have
looked to you like so many other graying, bespectacled old World War II veterans whose names appear
so often now on obituary pages.
But like so many of them, though, he seldom talked about it. He could have told you one hell of a story.
He won the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart, all in one fell swoop in the
skies over Germany on December 31, 1944. Fell swoop indeed.
Capt. Glenn Rojohn of the 8th Air Force's 100th Bomb Group was ﬂying his B-17G Flying Fortress
bomber on a raid over Hamburg. His formation had braved heavy ﬂak to drop their bombs, then turned
180 degrees to head out over the North Sea They had ﬁnally turned northwest, heading back to Engl
and, when they were jumped by German ﬁghters at 22,000 feet. The Messerschmitt Me-109s pressed
their attack so closely that Capt. Rojohn could see the faces of the German pilots. He and other pilots
fought to remain in formation so they could use each other's guns to defend the group.
Rojohn saw a B-17 ahead of him burst into ﬂames and slide sickeningly toward the earth. He gunned his
ship forward to ﬁll in the gap. He felt a huge impact. The big bomber shuddered, felt suddenly very
heavy and began losing altitude. Rojohn grasped almost immediately that he had collided with another
plane. A B-17 below him, piloted by Lt. William G. McNab, had slammed the top of its fuselage into the
bottom of Rojohn's. The top turret gun of McNab's plane was now locked in the belly of Rojohn's plane
and the ball turret in the belly of Rojohn's had smashed through the top of McNab's. The two bombers
were almost perfectly aligned -- the tail of the lower plane was slightly to the left of Rojohn's tail section.
They were stuck together, as a crewman later recalled, 'like mating dragon ﬂies.'
Three of the engines on the bottom plane were still running, as were all four of Rojohn's. The fourth
engine on the lower bomber was on ﬁre and the ﬂames were spreading to the rest of the aircraft. The two
were losing altitude quickly. Rojohn tried several times to gun his engines and break free of the other
plane. The two were inextricably locked together. Fearing a ﬁre, Rojohn cut his engines and rang the
bailout bell.. For his crew to have any chance of parachuting, he had to keep the plane under control
The ball turret, hanging below the belly of the B-17, was considered by many to be a death trap -- the
worst station on the bomber. In this case, both ball turrets ﬁgured in a swift and terribl e drama of life and
death. Staff Sgt. Edward L. Woodall, Jr., in the ball turret of the lower bomber had felt the impact of the
collision above him and saw shards of metal drop past him. Worse, he realized both electrical and
hydraulic power was gone.
Remembering escape drills, he grabbed the handcrank, released the clutch and cranked the turret and its
guns until they were straight down, then turned and climbed out the back of the turret up into the
fuselage. Once inside the plane's belly Woodall saw a chilling sight, the ball turret of the other bomber
protruding through the top of the fuselage. In that turret, hopelessly trapped, was Staff Sgt. Joseph
Russo. Several crew members of Rojohn's plane tried frantically to crank Russo's turret around so he
could escape, but, jammed into the fuselage of the lower plane, it refused to budge. Perhaps unaware
that his voice was going out over the intercom of his plane, Sgt. Russo began rec iting his Hail Marys.
Up in the cockpit, Capt. Rojohn and his co-pilot, 2nd Lt. William G. Leek, Jr., had propped their feet
against the instrument panel so they could pull back on their controls with all their strength, trying to
prevent their plane from going into a spinning dive that would prevent the crew from jumping out. Capt.
Rojohn motioned left and the two managed to wheel the huge, collision-born hybrid of a plane back
toward the German coast. Leek felt like he was intruding on Sgt. Russo as his prayers crackled over the
radio, so he pulled off his ﬂying helmet with its earphones.
Rojohn, immediately grasping that the crew could not exit from the bottom of his plane, ordered his top
turret gunner and his radio operator, Tech Sgts. Orville Elkin and Edward G. Neuhaus, to make their way
to the back of the fuselage and out the waist door on the left behind the wing . Then he got his navigator,
2nd Lt. Robert Washington, and his bombardier, Sgt. James Shirley, to follow them. As Rojohn and Leek
somehow held the plane steady, these four men, as well as waist gunner, Sgt. Roy Little, and tail gunner,
Staff Sgt. Francis Chase, were able to bail out.
Now the plane locked below them was aﬂame. Fire poured over Rojohn's left wing. He could feel the
heat from the plane below and hear the sound of 50 cal. machine gun ammunition 'cooking off' in the
ﬂames. Capt. Rojohn ordered Lt. Leek to bail out. Leek knew that without him helping keep the controls
back, the plane would drop in a ﬂaming spiral and the centrifugal force would prevent Rojohn from bailing.
He refused the order.
Meanwhile, German soldiers and civilians on the ground that afternoon looked up in wonder.. Some of
them thought they were seeing a new Allied secret weapon -- a strange eight-engined double bomber.
But anti-aircraft gunners on the North Sea coastal island of Wangerooge had seen the collision. A
German battery captain wrote in his logbook at 12:47 p.m.:
'Two fortresses collided in a formation in the NE. The planes ﬂew hooked together and ﬂew 20 miles
south. The two planes were unable to ﬁght anymore. The crash could be awaited so I stopped the ﬁring
at these two planes.'
Suspended in his parachute in the cold December sky, Bob Washington watched with deadly fascination
as the mated bombers, trailing black smoke, fell to earth about three miles away, their downward trip
ending in an ugly boiling blossom of ﬁre.
In the cockpit Rojohn and Leek held grimly to the controls trying to ride a falling rock. Leek tersely
recalled, 'The ground came up faster and faster. Praying was allowed. We gave it one last effort and
slammed into the ground.' The McNab plane on the bottom exploded, vaulting the other B-17 upward and
forward. It slammed back to the ground, sliding along until its left wing slammed through a wooden
building and the smoldering mess came to a stop. Rojohn and Leek were still seated in their cockpit. The
nose of the plane was relatively intact, but everything from the B-17 massive wings back was destroyed.
They looked at each other incredulously. Neither was badly injured.
Movies have nothing on reality. Still perhaps in shock, Leek crawled out through a huge hole behind the
cockpit, felt for the familiar pack in his uniform pocket pulled out a cigarette. He placed it in his mouth and
was about to light it.. Then he noticed a young German soldier pointing a riﬂe at him. The soldier looked
scared and annoyed. He grabbed the cigarette out of Leak's mouth and pointed down to the gasoline
pouring out ov er the wing from a ruptured fuel tank.
Two of the six men who parachuted from Rojohn's plane did not survive the jump. But the other four and,
amazingly, four men from the other bomber, including ball turret gunner Woodall, survived. All were taken
prisoner. Several of them were interrogated at length by the Germans until they were satisﬁed that what
had crashed was not a new American secret weapon .
Rojohn, typically, didn't talk much about his Distinguished Flying Cross.... Of Leek, he said, 'in all fairness
to my co-pilot, he's the reason I'm alive today.' Like so many veterans, Rojohn got unsentimentally back
to life after the war, marrying and raising a son and daughter. For many years, though, he tried to link
back up with Leek, going through government records to try to track him down. It took him 40 years, but
in 1986, he found t he number of Leeks' mother, in Washington State . Yes, her son Bill was visiting from
California. Would Rojohn like to speak with him? Some things are better left unsaid. One can imagine
that ﬁrst conversation between the two men who had shared that wild ride in the cockpit of a B-17. A year
later, the two were re-united at a reunion of the 100th Bomb Group in Long Beach, Calif. Bill Leek died
the following year..
Glenn Rojohn was the last survivor of the remarkable piggyback ﬂight. He was like thousands upon
thousands of men, soda jerks and lumberjacks, teachers and dentists, students and lawyers and service
station attendants and store clerks and farm boys, who in the prime of their lives went to war.
He died last Saturday after a long siege of sickness. But he apparently faced that ﬁnal battle with the
same grim aplomb he displayed on that remarkable day over Germany so long ago.
Let us be thankful for such men.
[Editor’s Note: the rest of the details of Rojohn’s story:]
100 YEARS OF CARRIER AVIATION
100 Years Ago, January, in San Francisco , when Eugene Ely invented
> One hundred years is a very long time. Yet in the hierarchy of modern marvels, the ability to recover and launch
aircraft from the
deck of a moving ship stands out as one of our signature
> accomplishments. Which just goes to show you: Some tricks never
> grow old.
> Naval aviation was invented one hundred years ago, on January 18,
> 1911, when a 24 year-old barnstormer pilot named Eugene B. Ely
> completed the world's ﬁrst successful landing on a ship. It
> happened in San Francisco Bay , aboard the cruiser USS Pennsylvania,
> which had a temporary 133-foot wooden landing strip built above her
> afterdeck and gun turret as part of the experiment.
> Ely accomplished his feat just eight years after the Wright Brothers
made their ﬁrst ﬂight at Kitty Hawk .
> His aircraft was rudimentary: a Curtiss Model D "Pusher" biplane,
> equipped with a 60 hp V-8 engine that gave the aircraft a 50 mph
> airspeed. To get a sense of how simple it was, behold a
> contemporary replica of Ely's 1911 Curtiss Pusher that was built to
celebrate this 100th anniversary:
> But back then, innovation was afoot. Ely's Curtis Pusher had been
> ﬁtted with a clever new invention called a tailhook. The idea was
> to quickly halt the aircraft after landing by using the tailhook to
catch one or two of 22 rope lines -- each propped up a foot above
> the deck and weighted by 50-pound sandbags tied to each end --
> strung three feet apart along the Pennsylvania 's temporary ﬂight
deck. Mark J.Denger of the California Center for Military History
> has written a tidy biography of Eugene Ely which narrates the
> historic day:
> On the morning of January 18, 1911, Eugene Ely, in a Curtiss pusher
> biplane specially equipped with arresting hooks on its axle, took
> off from Selfridge Field (Tanforan Racetrack, in San Bruno ,
> Calif. ) and headed for the San Francisco Bay . After about 10
> minutes ﬂying North toward Goat Island (now Yerba Buena), Eugene
> spotted his target through the gray haze =EF=BF=BD the PENNSYLVANIA .
> Ely's plane was ﬁrst sighted one-half mile from the PENNSYLVANIA's
bridge at an altitude of 1,500 feet, cruising at a speed of
> approximately 60 mph. Now ten miles out from Tanforan, he circled
> the several vessels of the Paciﬁc Fleet at anchor in San Francisco
> Bay . The aeroplane dipped to 400 feet as it passed directly over
> the MARYLAND and, still dropping, ﬂew over the WEST VIRGINIA's bow
> at anheight of only 100 feet. With a crosswind of almost 15 knots,
> he ﬂew past the cruiser and then banked some 500 yards from
> thePENNSYLVANIA's starboard quarter to set up his landing approach.
> Ely now headed straight for the ship, cutting his engine when he was
> only 75 feet from the fantail, and allowed the wind to glide the
> aircraft onto the landing deck. At a speed of 40 mph Ely landed on
> the centerline of the PENNSYLVANIA's deck at 11:01 a.m.
> The forward momentum of his plane was quickly retarded by the ropes
> stretched between the large movable bags of sand that had been
> placed along the entire length of the runway. As the plane landed,
> the hooks on the undercarriage caught the ropes exactly as planned,
> which brought the plane to a complete stop.
> Once on board the PENNSYLVANIA, sheer pandemonium brook loose as Ely
> was greeted with a bombardment of cheers, boat horns and whistles,
> both aboard the PENNSYLVANIA and from the surrounding vessels.
> Ely was immediately greeted by his wife, Mabel, who greeted him with
> an enthusiastic "I knew you could do it," and then by Captain Pond,
> Commanding Ofﬁcer of the PENNSYLVANIA . Then it was time for
> interviews and a few photographs for the reporters. Everything had
> gone exactly as planned. Pond called it "the most important landing
> of a bird since the dove ﬂew back to Noah's ark." Pond would later
> report, "Nothing damaged, and not a bolt or brace startled, and Ely
> the coolest man on board."
> After completing several interviews, Ely was escorted to the
> Captain's cabin where he and his wife were the honored guests at an
> ofﬁcers=EF=BF=BD lunch. While they dined, the landing platform was cl
> and the plane turned around in preparation for takeoff.
> Then the Elys, Pond and the others posed for photographs.
> minutes later, he made a perfect take-off from the platform,
> returning to Selfridge Field at the Tanforan racetrack where another
> tremendous ovation awaited him.
> Both the landing and take off were witnessed by several
> distinguished members of both U.S. Army and Navy, as well as state
military ofﬁcials. Ely had successfully demonstrated the
> possibility of the aircraft carrier.
> Indeed. The US Navy's ﬁrst aircraft carrier, the USS Langley, was
> commissioned in 1922, eleven years later.
> But Ely didn't live to witness the milestone; he died just a few
> months after his historic ﬂight, on October 11, 1911, when he was
> thrown from his aircraft during a crash at an air show. But 100
> years ago, he merged the power of naval warships and aviation in
> ways that remain cutting-edge, even today.
Subject: BEAUTIFUL View of San Francisco Bay From a Zeppelin--WOW, what a
ride!- sent in by Gordon Smith
“ If you had to pay for a ﬂight it would have been $425 per seat, these pictures are awesome. “
Dan Hall has been up to formation ﬂying training in his RV. He wrote,
“ I had a GREAT ﬂying weekend in Madera at the West Coast Ravens 2011 Formation
Clinic. It was quite an experience and I'm hoping to qualify to ﬂy at Oshkosh 2012, in
the planned world record 40 ship formation ﬂight. This is put on for free entirely by
volunteers, most credentialed FFI Flight Leads & Wingmen...
62 planes showed up for the event coming from all over the weather US...This event is
unique. There is no other event of this size anywhere in the world, some retired military
folks said that not even the US Military trains for this type of large formation ﬂying
anymore, let alone any large groups of private individuals. ” Dan has a lot of great
photos of this clinic; this month’s Ercoupe newsletter doesn’t have room to include
them, but those interested can get copies or links from Dan.
Fred Wilson sent this story re: PilotsNPaws, saying, “we can always use more
A 90 pound Rhodesian Ridgeback, 10 month old puppy. The kennel (German Shepherd size) is in
the back seat forward of the open baggage door and behind the open front door. You can see a tiny bit of
it by the blue (forward) seat back.
How to get this 90 pounds into the kennel? You get in the airplane by putting your left foot on the
step (hangs down below the baggage door), then step up on the wing with your right foot ﬁrst and then
walk up the (black) wing walk and get in the airplane. I was wondering how I was going to carry this 90
pounds up the two steps (that I couldn't see if I was carrying the dog.)
The dogs owner solved the problem nicely. He told the dog to jump up, which he did and then he
told him "kennel". The dog
walked up the wing and got
in the kennel. LOL We
closed the kennel door, slid
the kennel back onto the
seat and we were in the air
within 5-6 minutes.
Those of you that are
in the cf group, please
notice Barbi's "Cure Cystic
Fibrosis" candle pin decal
just behind the baggage
door (both sides).
My copilot (Mat) and
I ﬂew up to Tonopah (NV)
1:39 and landed, dog was
waiting and we had him
loaded and then ﬂew 1:21
back to Las Vegas
For those who wonder why a person would give up a well trained pure bred dog. My understanding
is that the owner was moving into an apartment on the east coast and couldn't take the dog with him. By
giving him to the rescue people, the owner was assured that the dog would go to a good (inspected)
A fun ﬂying day (with a purpose).
Video Links: REMINDER: Send only links. We can’t use embedded ﬁlms,
or attachments, etc., in this newsletter!
Frank Robinson sent in: Helicopter landing
Imagine catching up to a ship moving into the wind at 20kts with a gusty 30 knot headwind and gusts
moving over the cabin at 50+ ... Stopping and pitching up and down 15' or more, these pilots have brass
Balls and ice running through their veins, syncing these movements is just about nuts, and this is just a
test to see if the machine is capable.
MOVIE ONLY: NO SOUND! http://www.prismdefence.com.au/index.html
New LSA Amphibian: http://www.iconaircraft.com/video-icon-kirk-ﬂight-ﬁrst-person.html?
A BIG Thank You to the contributors this month including: Ken Iwahashi (web
master), Buzz Dolim, Jim Grimes, Dan Hall, Les Slifkin, Tom Crowder, Granger Haugh,
Paul Prentice. Eric Marshall, Mark Walker
Registration form for EOC National at Talequah, OK, June 16-19, is on the
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1) *** Our EOC Region 7 web site is http://www.calcoupers.org
Look here for Resources; A&P/IA's; Classiﬁed Ads; we're also collecting or linking to
Performance & Mechanical information, Weather & Flight Planning tools, etc.
2) Also check out the National EOC site @ http://www.Ercoupe.org/
( Please join and support our National Club organization (The Ercoupe Owner Club or
EOC, based back in NC). They really help us all in many ways and are well worth
the VERY modest annual fee ($30). To join up please either contact Carolyn Cardin @
firstname.lastname@example.org OR (news ﬂash!!!) the Ercoupe Owners Club is now accepting
credit cards for memberships and renewals on their web site @ http://www.ercoupe.org/
& http://www.ercoupe.org/Pay%20Pal.htm )
3) International Ercoupe Owners Club (join!) @ http://www.Ercoupe.org/
4) Ed Burkhead's Ercoupe web site (& sign up for the Tech or Fly-in email lists
mentioned below) @ http://edburkhead.com/Ercoupe/index.htm
5) The Ercoupe network (photos, AD's & links) @ http://www.Ercoupe.net/
6) Harmut's Ercoupe technical info, maintenance, & repair site; http://www.ercoupe.info
7) Jason Ellingson's Ercoupe site - lot's of interesting links @ http://www.ellingson.com/
8) Mike Willis's UK Ercoupe site @ http://www.ercoupe.co.uk/
9) Ercoupe site (Belgium) @ www.ercoupe.be
10)Used Ercoupe parts: Vern Gregory is parting out ~30 Ercoupes & Aircoupes http://
www.usedercoupeparts.com, VGREGORYG@aol.com. Alpha Aviation have begun a
commercial site at http://www.ﬂyagainparts.com, and the ercoupe-trading-post at yahoo
Highly recommended: the Ercoupe Yahoo Group Chat mailing lists:
Technical information http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ercoupe-tech/
If you've never looked it over, I highly recommend checking it out! You can post a
technical question here one day & have 6-8 answers waiting for you the next morning!
And the Archives are searchable; ﬁnd out whether someone else has dealt with the
same mechanical/technical issues you have!
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