Velie Monocoupe
© Gilles Auliard

Velie Monocoupe

The Velie Monocoupe Model 70 was one of the first planes ever built for private fliers. Velie Monocoupes were built from 1927-1929.

History

The Velie Monocoupe is one of the first planes built for private pilots. Manufactured from 1927-1929 by W.L. 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 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." 

Velie Monocoupe brochure
Courtesy of Charles R. Hoaglund

The Science Center's Velie Monocoupe 70

The Velie Monocoupe on display in the Science Center is on loan from the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Aviation pioneer and noted test pilot Anthony W. "Tony" LeVier personally restored the monocoupe and donated it to the National Air and Space Museum in December 1983. The Monocoupe had been involved in a crash before LeVier obtained the plane in 1978, so many of the original plane parts had to be completely replaced during the restoration.