Johnny Livingston, Woody
Edmondson, and many others flew Monocoupes almost 90 years ago to the delight of crowds
everywhere. Whether running a Clip WIng in an air race or doing an aerobatic routine, the
fans knew they were in for a treat when the sporty high wing plane was in attendance. Only
a handful of Monocoupe 110 Specials were produced with just a few surviving today.
Although small in production number, they are great in performance and sex appeal,
reaching speeds over 200 mph on just 150-185 hp. These speed demons were the planes to
catch back in the infancy of air racing and left an indelible mark in many pilots minds.
With the technology today,
we are able to produce products faster and more economical than ever before. We are using
the latest technology to produce one of the finest airplane kits available - The Monocoupe
Clip Wing. We started the project by searching for original plans and getting an original
Monocoupe in our shop to use as a reference. From there we CAD designed the airframe in 3D
to insure that every bracket, fitting, bolt and piece is the right size and in the proper
location. By virtually building the airframe in 3D modeling, we were able to rotate each
individual part and have CAD files on each and every part. We left nothing to chance and
produced the finest example of a Clip Wing that is available with tolerances in the
thousands of an inch.
What drives a group of
individuals to take on the daunting task of bringing back the iconic Clip Wing? Passion.
When a friend and I were in Oshkosh in the early 90's and walked up to Bud Dake's black
Monocoupe, we were frozen in our tracks. There sat the hotrod of the airshow, sitting high
in the front like a bulldog puffing it's chest out. Sleek, sexy lines that snaked down to
a thin looking back with a radial engine up front that was ready for business. There were
thousands of planes at the flyin that year, but that Monocoupe stood out like no other.
After many miles of walking, we seemed to be drawn back to the Clip Wing and eventually
went out to dinner with Bud. Although it was over 25 years ago, it seems fresh in our
minds today. We promised ourselves we would someday build a Clip Wing Monocoupe, but
family, jobs, and other commitments come first, and time just slips away. As my kids got
older my son found a passion for flying and the desire to be in and around airplanes bit
him hard. He began working on his private license at the age of 15 and we started an
airplane project to have for him to fly. Though we acquired a few airplanes to work on,
they never seemed to scratch that itch. After over 20 years, the friend that took me in
his Bucker Jungmann to Oshkosh walked back into my life. Although we had not seen each
other for over two decades, we instantly got back in the groove of talking airplanes. A
couple days after the reunion we were sitting in a restaurant and he informed me that he
had bought a Monocoupe years ago. The memories rushed back like a river in spring time and
the thoughts of seeing that black Clip Wing over 25 years ago sent chills down my spine.
As we talked about Monocoupes, we discussed him working on his fuselage and the fire was
lit. Leaving the dinner, I thought about nothing but Clip Wings driving home. I couldn't
sleep or eat. All that was on my mind was the Monocoupe.
Not only did I want a Clip
Wing Monocoupe, but I knew that others did as well. There are a huge number of airplane
kits available today, making it easy for individuals to get into flying an experimental
plane. Though the field is full of different models, ranging from ultralights to mega
dollar turbo prop creations, we still had an itch to scratch. In the past couple decades
we have built high tech fixtures for race cars and composite molds for hotrods and
airplane parts. Surrounding ourselves with craftsman that can draw in CAD 3D, laser parts
out of aluminum or steel, and others that are the top of their field led us to discuss
building a kit. We knew we had the team of experts in each area needed to produce the
finest chrome moly fuselage, wooden wings, composite cowlings, and all the small parts to
build the project. With a fire burning inside, we set out to create the plane we are
offering here as a kit - The Monocoupe Clip Wing.
We created a company to
produce the plane - the Monocoupe Clip Wing Corporation. With my daughter and the same
friend who relit the fire running the company, we have laid out a business plan to bring
back the Clip Wing. We started with the fuselage and after building it in 3D CAD, we built
a jig and have the individual tubes laser cut and fishmouthed for a perfect fit. Every
part and bracket is produced to exact specifications. Moving on to the wing and tail, we
are offering a kit with the wing spars, all the pieces and brackets to build the wing and
tail using proven methods of construction over a century old. We will be offering quick
build kits for the ribs and eventually the wing complete. Future sub kits will include the
cowling and fairings done in carbon fiber, the sheet metal, the wood kit for the fuselage,
control kits, and more. We are constantly adding to the sub kits so we will be able to
offer virtually every part on the plane including gas tanks and windows. Our commitment is
to support our customers to enable them to have their own piece of history in the form of
a Clip Wing.
Not only does our product
set us apart from the other hundreds of kit manufacturers, but our business plan does as
well. We are doing something that we think has never been done before in the kit airplane
business. For the first 90 customers who order a kit we are giving them a special piece of
history in the form of One Stock Share of the Monocoupe Clip Wing Corporation. When you
pay your deposit, you not only become a customer, but you are a member of the family of
owners of the company. With your deposit, you will recieve a Monocoupe Clip Wing
Corporation Stock Certificate that gives you a piece of the business. With the Clip Wing
being as iconic of a plane that it is, we are not just interested in selling plane kits.
We want to build a community of owners who want to be part of this endevour. We want the
owners of the planes to share in the passion we have for the Monocoupes. Not only will
they share in the passion, but the first 90 customers will share in the ownership of the
business. Why 90? It will be 90 years since the first Monocoupe flew and the Model 90 had
a good ring to it's name.
"Many can build a
kit plane and have it come to market- We are building a dream. Come join us and share the
dream." - John Worm