Velie Monocoupe Model 70...one of the first planes ever built for private fliers. Velie Monocoupes were built from 1927-1929
Willard Velie, an industrialist who had previously specialized in carriages and cars. The single-wing Monocoupes were built with a frame of wood and shell covered with canvas. The fuselage framework was built of welded steel tubing, which was faired to shape with formers and fairing strips. The cabin roof had a large skylight for vision overhead. Monocoupe was powered by a 65 hp Velie radial engine.
The Monocoupe could seat two people, and its enclosed cabin, speed and flashy style made it quite popular. About 350 Monocoupes were built, and they were advertised as "the ultimate plane for the private flyer."
The Monocoupe 113 was reasonably stable and quite easy to fly. By 1929, approximately ten percent of all licensed US aircraft were Monocoupes. The Monocoupe accumulated a good safety record and promoted longevity. Through the late 1930s it was not uncommon to see scores of Monocoupes flying all over the countryside. From 1926 to 1992 the Velie Monocoupe has been bought and sold many times to aviation Companys.
Don Luscombe built the first Monocoupe in 1926. Don wanted a more comfortable plane than his open cockpit “Jenny”. The Monocoupe was engineered and built by Clayton Folkerts. Together, Don and Clayton launched a type of aircraft that dominated the light plane scene for several years.
In 1928 at the National Air Races in Los Angeles, the Velie Monocoupe scored its first victory in close-course racing, and Verne Roberts and C.A. LaJotte won a number of speed events averaging just over 100 mph against competition flying aircraft with 90 to 100 hp.
Velie brought the Monocoupe for a reliable source of small engines. The 113 was manufactured by Mono Aircraft Corporation, which was a subsidiary of Allied Aviation Industries.
Charles Lindbergh's personal monocoupe is on display