SPIRIT OF DYNAMITE
SPIRIT OF DYNAMITE
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The Monocoupe 110 Special was renowned as both a race plane and aerobatic performer of the 1930's and beyond. Named 'special' because you had to 'special' order this model with extremely short wings and in the end only seven were built.
The first 110 Special was ordered by Johnny Livingston, who competed very successfully at air races all through the 1930's. He was the inspiration for the book "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach. Another name associated with the 110 Special is 'Woody' Edmonson , who in 1948 was named the first ever national aerobatic champion while flying a Monocoupe 110 Special named 'Little Butch' which now hangs in the National Air and Space Museums Udvar-Hazy Center.
The 110 Special was known for its very difficult handling both on the ground and in the air and the 'special' holds the dubious honor that all of the 110 Specials were destroyed in crashes at one time or another in their lifetimes, some of them multiple times. Fortunately, several of them have been rebuilt for us to enjoy but remain very scarce.
This particular aircraft N2064 was built in 1937 and was named by its owner 'The Spirit of Dynamite'. It was destroyed in 1940 while practicing for an airshow. It was rebuilt and flew all through the midwest at air shows by a performer who claimed to fly the lowest outside loops, not something that ensures a long aviation career and so he eventually met his demise.
It has been rebuilt several times, and now resides in its final iteration at the North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum in Washington State.