Ever since the Golden Age, Monocoupes have captivated general aviation pilots, who happily admit they have “Monocoupe fever.” Three of the antiques were on hand at the 2020 Antique Aircraft Association fly-in and their owners tell their stories.
A Stearman on steroids
Bill Clifford and Ace Prechtl of Long Island, New York, co-own Serendipity, a 1940 N3N-3 that Ace restored several decades ago. According to Bill, the the N3N is “just a wonderful airplane — the controls are all balanced so it handles great, it flies straight and level so nice, and it’s fully aerobatic. It’s an incredible airplane!”
An antique fair-weather flyer
Iowa’s Mark Lancaster owns just one of nine Fairchild Model 24-Js on the FAA registry. He reports the antique airplane is “just fun and simple flying!”
A promise made and kept
When he was just a 16-year-old student pilot Dan Helsper saw a Pietenpol Air Camper, “the most beautiful thing” he’d ever seen. He vowed then and there to build one of his own some day.
A Culver Cadet family
Culver Cadets have been a part of the Rezich family since 1940. Their newest Cadet took top honors at the 2020 Antique Airfield Association’s fly-in in Blakesburg, Iowa.
One sweet Cessna 140A
Elliot Block’s new (to him) Cessna 140A is a modern day aviation story, made possible by Instagram, Craigslist and new friends who encourage new adventures.
A perfectly pleasing Piel Emeraude
More than a half century later, David Wiebe is still flying the Piel Emeraude his father built from plans — and there’s a good chance the homebuilt will be flying well into the future, perhaps introducing another generation of Wiebes to the sky.
Cessna 180 is a part of the family
Jim and Linda Densmore’s Cessna 180 Skywagon has been a treasured part of the family since 1960.
A life immersed in aviation
Kate Tiffany is a star at restoration, education, and inspiration.
A pandemic can’t stop the annual pilgrimage to Blakesburg
“Blakesburg is a throwback — it’s about the way it was and where we came from.”
A tribute to the patriarch
The 2020 Blakesburg fly-in was a tribute to Robert Taylor.
Still turning a wrench at 96
A youthful 96, Harold McMurran says he can’t imagine not working.