John_Cillis

Ercoupe over Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties

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Flying an Ercoupe, like I did near Denison Texas into Oklahoma, is interesting without rudder pedals.  You steer with the yoke on the ground like a car, kind of strange, and you crab like a rudder equipped aircraft if there is a crosswind component, the Ercoupe will straighten out on touchdown.   It is the only classic aircraft I flew from takeoff to touchdown although it landed like a brick, because we were overweight and density altitude was high the day I flew it.  It had to be coaxed to gain altitude but once trimmed for cruise it was fine to fly, an it is the only aircraft I ever flew across any state lines.

John

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I used to fly a '46 Ercoupe that had been converted to rudder pedals. Noisy, slow, bumpy, and had to keep the nose wheel off the runway as long as possible to avoid shudder. Great little airplane.😁

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