Grady Thrasher's Unique Twin Ercoupe
As told by his son, Grady Thrasher III
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Grady Thrasher III of Athens and Watkinsville, Georgia, sent me
this story about his dad, Grady Thrasher.
Many people have seen pictures of the amazing Twin Ercoupe. Grady's dad is the person who built it.
I am the son of Grady Thrasher, who in 1946 built the first (and only) twin or "Siamese" Ercoupe in Athens, Georgia. He flew it in the "Thrasher Brothers Aerial Circus" from 1946 to 1950. He could loop it and spin it. I am presently working on a history of the Thrasher Brothers Aerial Circus, and I ran across your website. I thought you might find the attached photos and story interesting. The two children in the photo on the twin Ercoupe center section wing are my sister, Miki Thrasher (now McFatter) and me. We often took family trips in the Ercoupe with my father and me in one cockpit with the controls and my mother and sister in the other.
Here is a video of the Thrasher Brother's Aerial Circus which induces a few glimpses of the Twin Ercoupe.
Stan Jennings built a "simulation" of the Twin Ercoupe in Tucumcari, NM. Here is a picture of it taken by Zane Adams.
Grady still lives in Georgia. He is a retired lawyer and writes children's books.