I was on my way to the beach at Oceanside on October 2020. On 4:32, I saw multiple Cessna or Beechcraft aircraft, as well as a Velocity V-Twin, on the runway of the Oceanside Municipal Airport.

When I was looking at the further spots, I noticed an odd-looking, single-engined twin tail aircraft parked on the runway. As seen in this photo, the red arrow indicates the strange aircraft.

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    $\begingroup$ That’s an Ercoupe. No longer manufactured but still many examples flying today. $\endgroup$ Oct 15, 2020 at 9:51
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    $\begingroup$ It appears this one was identifiable based on the pic alone, but thanks for providing all the additional time & location info. Usually, that's necessary, and most have to be prompted to provide it. $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    Oct 15, 2020 at 14:27
  • $\begingroup$ "the red arrow indicates the strange aircraft" Hmm, I was really wondering what that red arrow meant. $\endgroup$
    – Fattie
    Oct 15, 2020 at 19:44

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Most likely an ERCO Ercoupe. BTW, this tail configuration is called H-tail.

Note the similar-looking Max Holste MH.52, but with the noticeably smaller dihedral angle.

  • $\begingroup$ The Forney F-1 variant on wiki is exactly the same, even the color! $\endgroup$
    – Bentoy13
    Oct 15, 2020 at 10:09
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    $\begingroup$ @bentoy13, That's because Forney bought the manufacturing rights & tooling from ERCO's successor and manufactured Ercoupes for a while under the Forney name. $\endgroup$ Oct 15, 2020 at 18:06

That's almost certainly an ERCO Ercoupe! It's a beautiful plane, and it actually has a fairly unique characteristic that makes it quite safe- it's characteristically IMPOSSIBLE to spin! IIRC the ailerons and rudder are both controlled by the yoke- the aircraft is always coordinated! It's a cool plane even when you don't consider that feature, but with that system in place, I think it's one of the neatest GA planes out there!


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