Aeronca L-3E - BCW INC

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Aeronca L-3E

Aircraft & Rides
Aeronca Aircraft Corporation as Company Model 65TAC
Built By:
1941
First Flight:
1,740 (including all variations)
Number Built:
Continental A-65 Four Cylinder Horizontally-Opposed
Displacement--171 cu in.
Max RPM--2,300
Horsepower--65
WWII Cost--???
Engine:
35 feet
Wingspan:
21 feet, 10 inches
Length:
9 feet, 1 inch
Height:
1,200 pounds Loaded
Weight:
One, room for one passenger (observer)
Crew:
87 MPH
Max Speed:
79 MPH
Cruise Speed:
218 Miles
Range:
10,000 feet
Ceiling:
$2,246
WWII Cost:
Our Aircraft's History:
Manufacturer's S/N C2801TA
Air Corp. S/N 43-2820

This aircraft was manufactured at the Aeronca factory in Middletown, Ohio, right across the street from our museum on December 24th, 1941. It originally was sold to a private civilian, until it was purchased by the Defense Plant Corporation on July 23rd, 1942. Under this ownership, it was used as a tandem trainer aircraft with the Army Air Corps in Lubbock, Texas, until November of 1942 when it was removed from service.

After passing through several owners over the years, it ended up in a barn in Peoria, Illinois where it sat for about 30 years. It was purchased in September of 1994 and restored to flying condition. The aircraft won Best in Class at the 1997 Tulsa Fly-In at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and again at the 1998 Aeronca Convention in Middletown, Ohio. Butler County Warbirds received and restored the aircraft to a paint scheme representative of L-3s in military service.
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No unauthorized use or reproduction without written permission from BCW INC.
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