|By Carmelo Turdo|
While the flying performance of the aircraft is generally good, the ground handling after landing, especially with the 110 "clip wing" model, were poor and led to many serious accidents. One exhibitor told The Aero Experience: "All of the Clip Wings have crashed at some point...Now all of the Monocoupes and the pilots are getting older, and the pilots don't want to take the risks. Fewer and fewer planes are coming to the club reunions, and more are becoming museum pieces." On Saturday, four Monocoupes were on the ramp, and none flew due to the winds from the weather front that was moving in by mid afternoon. Nonetheless, it was great to talk to Monocoupe owners who were in attendance and those who flew other aircraft types that day. Three Monocoupes are on display at the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum at Creve Coeur Airport.
Here are some views of the Monocoupes and other aircraft at Creve Coeur Airport Saturday: