Monocoupe 90A/165 at 2012 National Biplane Fly In
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Monocoupe 90A/165 at 2012 National Biplane Fly In

Though hardly a biplane, this 1930s Monocoupe 90A/165 is right in its element at the 2012 National Biplane Fly In. Beginning as the first popular light monoplane, the Monocoupe proliferated in the peak of the biplane era, and by the mid-1930s, the Monocoupe had become the hot-rod airplane of its time, popular for racing. It dominated the small-airplane racing categories. With a clipped wing, and engines ranging up to 165 hp (like this one), the Monocoupes could sometimes top 200mph! This very special Monocoupe 90A -- modified well beyond its design limits with a 165 hp Warner radial (after much negotiating with the FAA), is on the cover of the Winter 2011 issue of the AAHS Journal (American Aviation Historical Society). Once numbering over a thousand, today only a tiny handful of \'coupes remain flying.
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