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Classic Wings Magazine Luftwaffe Resource Center WWII Naval Aviation Research Pacific
Final Cut-The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors - 5th Edition


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:15 pm 
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Or ... Twin Mustang trainer?. Kind of neat.

Grady Thrasher's Unique Twin Ercoupe. Twin Ercoupe NX93384 c 1947
Here's the link with the story & photos.
http://ercoupe.com/story_4.php

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Interesting Mark!

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I've recently seen...probably here.. a similar twin Mooney.

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That machine's still around.

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Mark Allen M wrote:
That machine's still around.

Wonder what it would take to buy and resurrect it from that state.

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Probably a cheaper option might be to purchase 2 x Aircoupes and start from scratch.

I originally learned to fly in an Aircoupe (conventional controls version) and it has always left a soft spot for me. Just a neat little aeroplane, seemed to do everything at the same speed : climb, cruise, or descent : it was always around 65 - 70 knots. The original variable attitude - constant speed machine.

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Remember the He-111Z? Possibly the start of mating airframes together. The Zwilling brothers weren’t known for tneir aeronautical smarts. They also paired up a Zdehavilland Beaver postwar in Canada. it was a flop. Heard the twin fuselage Piper a Cub wS lousy.. The coolest thing about this idea is that now you have a four place airplane and can cheaply log multi- time. I doubt it will fly on one engine , but would like more info.
The F-82 Twin Mustangs may be the most successful of these attempts. The P-82 actually makes sense when you consider the needs that were anticipated for the invasion of Japan , would it have been necessary.


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Um....
The paired deHavilland Beaver story was an April fools prank from Vintage Wings of Canada.

http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/ ... eaver.aspx

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Where is it currently located?

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So how do you go about requesting the local FAA official to certify that aircraft?
or better yet, where do you find an A & P to who is crazy enough to do a project like that?


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According to what I found on the internet, the Twin Ercoupe is in Tocomcari (sp) NM. Apparently, it's not the one seen in the old photos.
It might be a good basis for a restoration...looks dry at least.
Bonus points for the restorer to paint it in a F-82 color scheme!

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RyanShort1 wrote:
Mark Allen M wrote:
That machine's still around.

Wonder what it would take to buy and resurrect it from that state.


they are two different machines, and I dont think the surviving NM example ever flew. That said, it would be a cubic money project... A lot of the Vans enthusiasts have dreamed of a twin RV-8 to replicate the look of a twin mustang. I dont think anyone is building one though.


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(It) seemed to do everything at the same speed : climb, cruise, or descent : it was always around 65 - 70 knots.

Hmm... probably constructed to use two pilots to reduce fatigue on those excruciatingly long filghts... like from Stockton to Modesto.

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menards wrote:
RyanShort1 wrote:
A lot of the Vans enthusiasts have dreamed of a twin RV-8 to replicate the look of a twin mustang. I dont think anyone is building one though.



Somebody did manage to "cobble" together a couple of Yak-55's though!


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