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
War Service: Korean War
Used by: Private pilots, military, agricultural pilots, CAP (Civil Air Patrol)
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!