The Plane That Anyone Could Fly - Atlas Obscura

College Park, Maryland

The Plane That Anyone Could Fly

Learn all about the Ercoupe, the revolutionary "plane of tomorrow," before catching a glimpse of one of the few left in action.

Billed as the "plane that anyone could fly," the Ercoupe was marketed and sold during the late 1940s alongside household appliances and socks at departments stores like Macy's. After World War II, the Ercoupe went kerplunk, but if you know what to look for, you might spot a few still flying the friendly skies today. 

Join Atlas Obscura at the College Park Aviation Museum, the world’s oldest continuously operating airport, to discover the little known history of the Ercoupe. Manufactured just a stone’s throw from the museum, the aircraft that was called “the plane of tomorrow, delivered today" changed the way we fly nearly 80 years ago. 

Aviation expert Joel Carlson will share the compelling story of the Engineering and Research Corporation (ERCO) and their quest to mass produce the “Model T of the air.” Artifacts not normally on display will also be on hand. You'll end your morning with a flight demo, watching an actual working Ercoupe fly into College Park Airport thanks to pilot Gene Bunt.


  • This event will take place both inside and outside, so please dress in weather-appropriate layers. 
  • This event is accessible via public transportation, about a 12-minute walk from the College Park - U of MD Metro station on the Green Line.
  • There is also free on-site parking.
  • This event is family-friendly! 


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