Verville Air Coach

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Verville Air Coach
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Role Luxury coach
Manufacturer Verville Aircraft Company
Designer Alfred V. Verville
First flight 1929
Produced 1929-1931
Number built 10-16

The Verville Air Coach was a four passenger, high-wing monoplane designed in 1927 by Alfred V. Verville and produced by his company, Verville Aircraft Company. It was a comfortable, good-looking cabin monoplane which sold for $10,500. The plane made its debut at the Detroit Air Show in 1929.[1]

Sources vary, but only 10-16 were built[2] before Verville declared bankruptcy in 1931 at the beginning of the great depression.[3]

Details[edit]

Verville Air Coach promo cover.

Having been powered originally by a 110 HP, 7 cylinder Warner Scarab, it was then sporting a 5 cyl. Wright J6 of 165 HP. Ultimately, the Air Coach would be powered by the 7 cyl. J6 of 225 HP as the model 104-C, with ATC #267. At least six of this model were produced through 1931. It spanned 44' of Clark Y, had a length of 28' 9" and a useful load of 2166 lbs, grossing at 3400 lbs. Speed maxed at 130 mph, cruised at 110, and would land at 50 mph. Edo floats were also available for this ATC.

Construction of the fuse and tail was steel tube with a clever arrangement that eliminated awkward framing around the windows of the passenger compartment. The sponsons served as attach points for both the landing gear and the forward wing struts, and also were storage for tool kit, battery and other miscellany! Wings were wood with aluminum ailerons and leading edge sheeting. The cabin was mohair fabric upholstered in a style that rivaled the finest automobiles. Navigation lights, cabin and instrument lights, metal propeller, and a choice of electric inertia starter or Heywood compressed air starters was all standard equipment.[1]

The most interesting model of the air coach, produced later, was the diesel 104-P, which was powered by 9-cylinder Packard DR-980 diesel engine. Some evidence exists that a 104-P was sold in Italy.[4]

Variations[edit]

Verville Air Coach advertisement
  • Model 102 (104-W, 110 hp Warner Engine)
    • Wing span: 40 ft
    • Length: 28 ft
    • Empty weight: 1,525 lbs
    • Normal gross weight (loaded): 2,400 lbs
    • High speed: 110 mph
    • Fuel capacity: 50 gals
    • Cruising range: 600 miles
    • Cost: $7,500
  • Model 104-C (1928)
    • 1928 ATC (267, 2-306)
    • 4 passenger, cabin high-wing monoplane
    • 110 hp Warner Scarab (span: 40'0" length: 28'0" load: 875# v: 110/x/45 range: 600)
    • 225 hp Wright J-6 (span: 44'0" length: 28'9" load: 1234# v: 130/110/50 range: 650)
    • Semi-cantilever wing
    • Cost: $12,000
    • 2 built
  • Model 104-P (Packard Diesel Coach) (1930)
    • 9-cylinder Packard DR-980 diesel engine
    • ATC 316
    • 4 passenger, cabin high-wing monoplane
    • 225 hp Packard DR-980 diesel; length: 28'8" load: 1100# v: 130/110/50 range: 640
    • Cost: $11,000-12,000
    • 1 built, modified from 104-C [NC70W]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joseph P Juptner's US Civil Aircraft, Volumes 3 & 4 (Page 60). ISBN 978-0830643684 & ISBN 978-0830643691
  2. ^ "Verville Sport Trainer AT". Aviation-history.com. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  3. ^ Donald M. Pattillo. A History in the Making: 80 Turbulent Years in the American General Aviation Industry. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "Flight Global Archive, May 16th, 1929, Page 397". Flightglobal.com. 1929-05-16. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  • Verville Aircraft Company (1927). The Verville air-coach : an all purpose plane. Verville Aircraft Co., Detroit, MI. OCLC 56840820. 

External links[edit]

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