Hello, Ya’ll!

Today, I’ll be writing about the 2nd standard lightweight airplane of the post-WWII era – the Aeronca Model 7 Champion.  I hope you enjoy reading this blog post!

Similar to the Piper J-3 Cub and Super Cub, the Champion was a post-war 1945 Aeronca creation.  It was produced in large numbers; in fact, ten-thousand were built.  A military variant was the L-16.  Despite ending production in 1951, in was incredibly popular during its time.  Below are the aircraft specifications.

First Marketed: November 1945

Crew: 1 or 2

Engine: one 48kW (65hp) Continental A-65-8 or A-68-8F flat-four piston engine

Max. Speed: 100m.p.h.

Range: 270 miles

Service Ceiling: 12,600 feet

Wingspan: 35 feet 2 inches

Length: 21 feet 6 inches

Height: 7 feet

Weight: 1,240 pounds maximum take-off weight

Payload: 2

War Service: Korean War

Used by: Private pilots, military, agricultural pilots, CAP (Civil Air Patrol)

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This is another great shot of the Aeronca Model 7 Champion.

It was the standard light aircraft used apart from the Piper J-3 Cub for nearly a decade after WWII.  Certain companies after 1951 also produced the aeroplane that acquired the manufacturing rights.  Not commonly known, this splendid airplane is still an aircraft classic.

Have a great day!

Isaiah