Erco Ercoupe 415-D VH-ERC
Walkaround Photos

I'm not sure of the build date on this little Ercoupe, but CASA website says it was first registered in Australia in late 1997, is a model 415-D and has a serial number of 1345

This would make it an original Erco build from immediately after WWII, around 1946. I read that 415-Ds had fabric covered alloy framed wings. These look to be alloy skins. Maybe it had new wings fitted at some stage. It is certainly in exceptional condition if it is a 1940's bird!

The Ercoupe was designed and built in America by Erco and first flown in 1937. The design was intended to be very safe and easy to fly. For ease of flying, there were no rudder pedals, the rudders were actuated by the control wheel in connection with the ailerons to give a steady rate of bank. The system was very effective and Ercoupes are apparently almost impossible to spin.

I found another photo of this plane in an allover red paint scheme. I have to say I much prefer this classic look! Shot at Avalon 2007.

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  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft in Australia and New Zealand. David Eyre. Sunshine Books. isbn: 0 86777 272 7

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