This interesting little aircraft was designed by
noted aviation engineer Fred Weick for The Engineering
Corporation (ERCO) of College Park Airport, Riverdale, Maryland as far
back as 1936.
100 were manufactured before WW II and production was resumed after the
4,000 were built. The machine was unique in that it had no rudder
pedals, the rudders being linked
steering wheel-type control column. Consequently, it could not be
spun nor side slipped. Some
modified their Ercoupes to incorporate standard stick and rudder
controls. Like many early post-
aircraft it was produced in great numbers early on, but couldn't
maintain the pace. Also, like many
other types, the design got sold off time and time again. For a
nice history and technical review, go to
The nice in flight photograph below was
obtained from Erco in 1949.
NC93315 (c/n 638)
Another contemporary shot of an Ercoupe over the Arizona desert by
Brian Baker, February 2014.