Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Visit with Jerry Ferrel to see his Monocoupe

This past Saturday morning, my friend Jerry Ferrel called and invited me out to see his wonderful Monocoupe 90A, NC 11767. Jerry is 84 years old. His airplane is 76! But both are in great shape. Jerry hasn't flown the 'coupe since June this year. "Its just been to 'blame' Hot!", he exclaims! And he's right. Certainly this summer has been brutal in Texas. Its good that Jerry has a nice insulated hangar to keep his bird protected from the weather. He'll not make it to Blakesburg this year but hopes to keep flying around Central Texas this fall. Here are some photos of NC11767.

This is another one of those Central Texas airplanes restored in the mid-1980's by Stuart Holmes. Jerry has sure kept 'er in great condition.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Dick Fischer's Curtiss Robin J-1

Another Robin is coming along in Southern California, being restored by Dick Fischer - Curtiss Robin J-1, NC517N. He's the guy famous for building copy-sets of the 28X4 and 30X5 Bendix wheels as used on Curtiss Robins and many other antique airplanes. Dick sent me these photos awhile back (maybe 2 years ago) and exclaimed he had just finished building his Exhaust collector from scratch. Looks like a great job, Dick. Although I haven't had a recent update from Dick on his Robin, I thought this might encourage him to send us some more current details. These photos leave little doubt about Dick's workmanship. It will be great to see this old bird in the air again soon!

By the way, Dick also owns another Robin, NC5049, a model B. Here's a photo of that bird from its earliest days.

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