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Aeronca L-16

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Model 7 Champion
Type high-wing cabin monoplane
Manufacturer Aeronca
Designed by Ray Hermes
Maiden flight mid-1944
Introduced November 1945
Primary users Air National Guard
U.S. Army
Civil Air Patrol
Civil aviation
Produced 1946-1950
Number built more than 10,000
Developed from Aeronca L-3

The Aeronca Model 7 Champion was a two-seat high-wing cabin monoplane, used by the military as a liaison/artillery spotter aircraft, and in general aviation. Immediately after World War II, the US Lightplane market experienced a boom and Aeronca's Champion proved extremely successful.[1]


Operational history

The Aeronca L-16 was a U.S. Army liaison aircraft. It saw extensive service during the Korean War. It was essentially a militarized version of the Aeronca Champion.


7AC Champion
basic tandem high-wing lightplane[1]
7ACS Champion
seaplane variant, two Edo floats fitted, empty weight 810 lb (367 kg) and maximum take-off weight 1,320 lb (599 kg)[1]
7DC Champion
civil version of L-16B[1]
7DCS Champion
184 built, seaplane version of the Model 7DC[1]
7BCM Champion (L-16A)
509 built, 376 of them produced for the Air National Guard[2], used in Korea 1950, 85 hp (63 kW) Continental O-190-1 (C-85) engine,[1] serial numbers 47-788 to 47-1296[2]
7CCM Champion (L-16B)
226 built, used as training aircraft for U.S. Army,[1] serial numbers 48-424 to 48-523[2]
7EC Champion
773 built, similar to the L-16 series with increased gross weight, 90 hp (67 kW) Continental C90-12 engine, 12 volt electrical system[1]




Specifications (L-16B)

Data from United States Military Aircraft Since 1909[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 21 ft 6 in (m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (m)
  • Height: 7 ft 0 in (m)
  • Wing area: 170 ft² (m²)
  • Empty weight: 890 lb (kg)
  • Loaded weight: 1,450 lb (kg)
  • Powerplant:Continental O-205-1 , 90 hp (kW)





  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Eden and Moeng, 2002. P. 44.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Swanborough and Bowers, 1964 p. 33.
  • Eden, Paul and Moeng, Soph, eds. The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. London: Amber Books Ltd., 2002. ISBN 0-7607-3432-1.
  • Swanborough, F. G. and Bowers, Peter M.United States Military Aircraft Since 1909. Putnam New York, 1964. ISBN 085177816X.

External links

See also

Template:USAF liaison aircraft Template:Aeronca

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