EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — The 75th anniversary of the Ercoupe will be celebrated at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 with a gathering of these unique airplanes and their owners. The 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
The festivities at Oshkosh welcome all versions of the design, beginning with the original Ercoupe 415 that first became available in 1940. Other iterations of the airframe are also expected, including the Aircoupe, Alon, and Mooney M-10.
The innovative airplane became the first widely popular consumer aircraft that had no rudder pedals and allowed the pilot to control the aircraft’s direction in the air and on the ground similar to driving a car.
There are more than 2,000 individuals in the U.S. who own Ercoupe designs, which made a major splash in the post-World War II general aviation era and continued to be built until 1970.
The celebration at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will follow the 2015 National Ercoupe Convention that takes place July 15-18 at the Sheboygan County Airport (SBM) in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
On Sunday morning, July 19, planes will fly to Oshkosh. Special parking for Ercoupes will be provided in the vintage aircraft area. The Ercoupe Owners Club will hold a banquet on July 21, where the guest speaker will be Jessica Cox, a woman born without arms who learned to fly in an Ercoupe in 2009.
Ercoupe owners who want to participate in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh activities and National Ercoupe Convention should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-573-7063 for information and registration forms.