Hi all, interesting comments on the Franklin - especially so, when one reads from page 77 of "The Ercoupe, A Touch of Class", ---"During 1942, the U.S. Army bought two 415C's for drone and target use. They equipped these Ercoupes with 125 HP Engines, calling them XPQ-13's."
----"The Army evaluated one standard 415C , calling it the YO-55 observation plane, when the Military was testing other light planes for this role in 1941; it also tested two with 125 HP Franklin engines, and called them XPQ-13 radio controlled targets, but found them unsuited for military work." There is a picture of a XPQ-13 with a military number painted on the side and engine cowl - 125196. It would be interesting to know what hasppened to this airplane and its twin. The picture is captioned - " Ercoupe, as man carrying aerial target during WWII" regards, Harry Francis