Single Engine Piston Aeronca Aircraft Information
A single-engine, two seat, light aircraft with fixed conventional landing gear, the Aeronca Chief entered into production in 1945. The Chief has the capacity for one crew member and one pilot. The empty weight is 725 lb (328.9 kg) and maximum takeoff weight is 1250 lb (567 kg). The cruise speed is 95 mph (152.9 km/h), stall speed is 40 mph (64.4 km/h), and maximum speed is 105 mph (169 km/h). The rate of climb is 500 ft/min (2.54 m/s). The Chief was produced in from 1946 to 1950 and designed for flight training and personal use. The Chief features side-by-side seating. The fuselage and tail surfaces are constructed of welding metal tubing. The outer shape of the fuselage is created by a combination of wooden forms and longerons, covered with fabric. The cross-section of the metal fuselage truss is triangular. The Aeronca 11 Chief features strut-braced wings, which are fabric covered, utilizing aluminum rib and wood spars. The aircraft's landing gear is conventional with steel tube main gear, which uses an oleo strut for shock absorption and a steerable tailwheel. The 11AC was powered by a Continental A-65-8 engine of 65 hp with a McDowell mechanical starter.
First flown in 1941, the Aeronca L-3 was a group of observation and liaison aircraft used by the United States Army Air Corps in World War II. The L-3 has the capacity for two crew members. The empty weight is 835 lb (379 kg) and the loaded weight is 1260 lb (572 kg). The cruise speed is 79 mph (69 knots, 126 km/h), the stall speed is 46 mph (40 knots, 73 km/h), and the maximum speed is 87 mph (76 knots, 139 km/h). The aircraft were adapted from Aeronca's pre-war Tandem Trainer and Chief models.
Designed for flight training and personal use the Aeronca Model 7 Champion is a single engine, twp seat, fixed conventional landing gear aircraft. Commonly known as the Champ the airplane entered into production in 1945. The Champ has the capacity for one crew member and one passenger. The empty weight is 740 lb (325 kg) and the maximum takeoff weight is 1220 lb (533 kg). The cruise speed is 85 mph (137 km/h), the stall speed is 38 mph (62 km/h), and the maximum speed is 100 mph (160 km/h). The rate of climb is 370 ft/min (1.8 m/s). The fuselage and tail surfaces are constructed of welded metal tubing. The fuselage's outer shape is created by a combination of wooden formers and longerons covered with fabric. The cross section of the metal fuselage truss is triangular. The strut-braced wings are fabric covered utilizing aluminum ribs. Most aircraft were built with wooden spars. The Aeronca Champion is equipped with a 65 hp Continental A65-8 piston engine.
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