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Monocoupe Model 110
In 1930 the Monocoupe Model 110, powered by a 110 hp Warner Scarab, was introduced. Designed for the novice as well as for the professional pilot. Advertised as the plane to travel fast and in comfort and easy to fly and land, costing $ 4,485,--. A metal propeller and 6.5" x 10" semi-air wheels came standard, with optional Townend Ring, Wheel pants, Heywood engine starter, Battery, and Navigation lights.
The cabin interior was revolutionary in its care for details, the vast baggage compartment, the complete instrument panel, its spacious seats with soft upholstery. Life in the Monocoupe was to be a pleasure. The radial Warner powered Monocoupe with its sleek appearance represented power, speed and maneuverability. No wonder it was popular.
The model 110 (110hp/125 hp Warner) has the same primary structure compared to the Model 90 by using the basic steel tube layout fuselage and tail. The monowing is constructed of wooden spars and ribs. Though the earlier models performed very well, the 110 with its more powerful engine did so quite astonishing breaking the official speed record with 3.84 mph.
Mono Aircraft sold 5 Monocoupes 110 with a 110 hp Warner Scarab and 5 with a 125 hp Kinner B5 engine, naming it the Model 125. In addition 7 were produced with the 145 hp Warner Scarab as the Model 110 SPL.
Various models and engines
The first Monocoupes were built in a disused church and flew on the 1st of April 1927. Initially designed by Don Luscombe the planes were engineered and developed by Luscombe en Clayton Folkerts. 870 planes were built in 17 models between 1926 and 1950; about 115 survived of which some 30 in flying condition. In its early days several engines were tested. A French 60 hp Anzani, the Detroit Aircat, even a British Cirrus and a German Siemens-Halske found their way into the Monocoupe's nose before it was decided to power the Model "70" by the 55 hp Velie. Mora than 350 Velie powered Monocoupes were manufactured. More recent models used Kinner, Warner, Lambert and Franklin engines..
Production: 870, from 1926 to 1950,
Engine: initially 55 hp Velie, later Kinner, Warner, Lambert en Franklin
Speed: max. 160 km/h
Dimensions: span 9,1 m, length 6,0 m, height 1,9 m.
The Early Birds' Monocoupe 110
Early 1991 the Early Birds Foundation acquired a Monocoupe 110 in its collection. This aircraft was manufactured and delivered to its first owner Frank Spring of Los Angeles, California in 1930, registered NC 542W. The bill of sale of the MONO AIRCRAFT CORPORATION in this article shows the details: October 10 1930.
Monocoupe 110 Airplane.
First owner: Frank Spring LA, California
Type: Monoplane-Monocoupe, Serial no: 5W90 Engine No 846, type Warner Scarab 110PK. Department of Commerce No. 542W
Furthermore that the aircraft is equipped with a two-bladed Hamilton Standard aluminium propeller.
FAA records show that in 1933 the 110 hp engine was replaced by a 125 hp Warner Scarab. This aircraft spent part of its life registered in Mexico.
Some of the pictures below show the Monocoupe in its dismal state when it arrived in Lelystad and a few parts which already have undergone some treatment to transform them into a flying aircraft.