Ercoupe Fulfills a Fantasy

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It might not be everyone's idea of a dream flight, but for Broderick Nixon, an Ercoupe was his ticket to fulfilling a lifelong fantasy. FantasyKids.com arranged a day for 17-year-old Broderick, who uses a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy, in the right seat of the Ercoupe piloted by John Trowbridge. With Broderick on the yoke and Trowbridge working the rudder pedals (this Ercoupe had the conversion) the pair flew between the Texas cities of Willis, Conroe, Brenham and Tomball last May 28. The civic governments of each of the cities also pitched in to make the flight memorable. At each stop, Broderick was greeted by local officials and declared the honorary mayor. He was treated to lunch and generally given the VIP treatment at each of the stops. His only complaint was the effect of a Texas sky on the bubble canopy of the Ercoupe. "The next time I fly, I'm gonna wear my bathing suit. It's hot in there," he said.