Wentona777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (16 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 887 times:
Earlier this week, I visited the College Park Aviation Museum. They had an Ercoupe there, and mentioned that it was unable to stall. I was visiting there with a CFI, and he insisted that "anything with wings can stall" (if it exceeds the critical angle of attack).
Does anyone know anything about the Ercoupe? Was it really stall-proof? How? Thanks for the info...
Buff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (16 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 863 times:
Now there's a blast from the past! From what I can remember, the designers of this plane came from the same breed of designers as developed the Aerocar - a plane in everyone's garage!
Its reputation for being "stall proof" I believe came from the automatic rudder (the pilot had no rudder control) and limited up elevator. Because of the lack of rudder control, the main gear would caster during a crosswind landing.
That was how it was explained to me a very long time ago. I defer to someone who's actually flown one or owns one!
It was the VW Beetle of the private pilot airways in the 50's.