Owners of a unique, low-wing monoplane aircraft last manufactured in 1970 will gather in Terrell June 23-26 for the annual Fred and Dorothy Weick National Ercoupe Fly-In. Nearly 50 planes from all over the country are expected for the event at the Terrell Municipal Airport.
A full schedule of membership meetings, seminars, maintenance forums, briefings from FAA officials and guest speakers are scheduled during the three-day gathering. But plenty of time has been left for fun, from all day poker runs to shopping trips to nearby venues, group social events to tours of the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum in Terrell and the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.
At noon on Saturday, a number of the Ercoupe pilots will participate in a ceremonial fly-over at the conclusion of a memorial service at Terrell’s Oakland Memorial Park. During World War II, British and Canadian cadets took their pilot training at the No. 1 British Flying Training School in Terrell. Nineteen cadets and one instructor died in training accidents and are buried in the cemetery. Motorcycle riders from throughout North Texas ride to Terrell on June 25 in the eighth annual Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride to honor fallen heroes from all wars.
Designed in the United States just before World War II, the Ercoupe was the safest fixed wing aircraft of that era. The design concepts of the Ercoupe later became the norm in civil aviation but production of the aircraft ended in 1970. The Ercoupe Owners Club meets annually for the mutual support of these classic aircraft.
The general public is invited to Terrell Airport on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to check out the planes and motorcycles, as well as enjoy food from The Butcher’s Son and Rockn’ Rick’s food trucks. Guests can also cool down with shaved ice from Kona Ice Truck.
About Terrell Municipal Airport
The Terrell Municipal Airport, located just off SH-34 between IH-20 and US Hwy 80, provides a full range of FBO services through Terrell Aviation. Corporate aviation, recreational flying, flight training and aerial inspection services make their home at the airport, which also welcomes transient general aviation and air taxi use. This year marks the 75th anniversary of when the airport became the home of the No. 1 British Flying Training School as part of the Lend-Lease Act in 1941. Located on the airport is the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum that celebrates the World War II cooperation between the United States and Great Britain. For more information about the airport, visit www.terrellairport.com.