Aeronca Aircraft Photo Gallery
Here are some photos of nice Aeronca's
from around the world.
(Click on the photos for a larger version.)
January 13, 2016. Dick Kruse sent this
photo of his 7AC Champ. It is
based at Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport,
October 15, 2015. Dave Cunningham sent
this photo of the L-16 he restored. The airplane went to the New Jersey National
Guard in 1947 from the Aeronca factory in Middletown, Ohio, then to the Vermont
CAP until the mid sixties. It is based at Flint, Michigan (3DA).
April 28, 2015. Kevin Winters of Fort
Mill, South Carolina, sent this photo of his freshly restored Aeronca 7AC,
N1579E. Kevin keeps it at York Airport (01SC), York, SC. It was
restored by Woods Aviation in Mount Olive, North Carolina. Many photos of
the restoration of N1579E (as well as other projects) can be seen at the Woods
Aviation Website at
http://www.woodsaviation.net/#!completed-projects/ctta. If this Champ looks
familiar, the paint scheme is identical to the one on my Champ,
N1642E, and that scheme was adapted
from the scheme used on the later Aeronca 15AC Sedans. I provided
measurements from my Champ to Kevin so that his restorer could copy the paint
scheme. I must give Frank Isbell credit for originally adapting this paint
scheme to the Champ when he restored N1642E years ago, As my neighbor
said, "Frank hit the nail on the head...".
April 26, 2015. Greg Wyatt of Woodland,
California sent this photo of his wife Barbara's 1940 Aeronca TC-65
Defender. It was completely restored in 2001 and is based a Calaveras
County Airport - Maury Rasmussen Field in San Andreas, California. It is
so nice to see such a relatively rare and beautifully restored pre-war Aeronca.
February 25, 2015. Rob Traynham of Simpsonville, South
Carolina, sent this photo of his Champ, N1968E. It is a 1946 7AC upgraded
to 7BCM configuration with a C-85 and metal prop but otherwise is original.
It was awarded the "Outstanding Aeronca Champ" at Oshkosh in 2005 and 2006.
Brandon Jewett of Brighton, Colorado did the restoration and it appeared on the
cover of "Vintage Airplane" in October of 2005 in formation with
Robert Baker's Grand Champion Aeronca 7AC.
July 27, 2014. Des Cheney sent this
photo of Neil Cheney and his 1947 Champion 7AC in Northern Ireland. Neil
flies in the lovely Mourne Mountain area of County Down. G-AVDT, serial number
7AC-6932, is powered by a Continental A65 and does well with the gentle mountain
ranges rising to 2000 feet. Des says they are restoring another Champ, G-OTOE,
that should be flying soon.
August 24, 2013. Bent Esbensen from
Denmark sent this photo of his Aeronca 7AC, the only one flying in Denmark.
Bent plans to put a new engine in the Champ, exchanging the A-65 for a C-90.
Bent says he spent 11 years building/restoring/modifying a Piper PA-12 and now
has "a new and even greater appreciation for Aeroncas! The -12 is a load
hauler and an impressive performer, but the Champ is SO much nicer to fly."
June 6, 2012. Aeronca fans are always
debating the advantages of the Champ over the Chief, or the other way around.
And of course, the Sedan fans get into the mix also. In reality, each
model has certain advantages, depending what you like. My solution is
shown in the photo above: my 65 HP Chief
and my 85 HP Champ with a Sedan paint
scheme. And certainly, having them in the
hangar in the
backyard adds to the
appeal of each. The Chief has side by side seating, which I prefer when I
have young children as passengers. The Champ offers more room and
excellent visibility. I also like sticks and centerline seating. I never
had the chance to fly a Sedan, but always thought the paint scheme on the Sedan
April 24, 2012. Oliver Barth from
Germany sent this photo of his Aeronca 7AC Champ. The serial number is
7AC-3889. It was converted to a C-85 in the early seventies.
December 9, 2011. Christophe Vigreux
from Normandy France sent these photos of his 1947 11AC Chief, registered as F-PACF.
It was recently completely rebuilt with an onboard intercom and Icom radio
powered by a 12 volt, 7 amp battery located in the baggage compartment.
Notice the fine detailing on the cowl intake cover below the prop.
June 25, 2011. Frank Isbell visited
our home airstrip in his beautiful 7AC Champ. N1642E features an 85 HP
Continental and electric starter. I convinced Frank to sell this to me in
May 16, 2011. Chris Connor from Greenwood,
DE, sent this photo of his pretty 11AC Chief. He bought it in 2005, flew
it about 200 hours, then took it apart in August '08. He finished the
project in 2010, with help from Tony Markl (fabric) and Dan O'Donnell (paint).
Chris did the rest, including assembly, himself. He has flown it about 60
hours since the restoration. Though it has the large dorsal fin, 49E still
has the original A-65-8F. Chris is based at Sugar Hill Airport in
May 10, 2010. Henry Wortman of
Quitman, Georgia sent this photo of his recently restored Aeronca 7BCM, finished
as an L-16. The 7BCM features an 85HP Continental.
December 7, 2009. Ian Harvie of
New South Wales, Australia, sent these three photos of his Aeronca Chief.
The first photo above is the "before shot" of Ian Harvie's Chief Project
arriving at his (then) home in South Africa, 1981.
Ian sent this note: "Here are a couple
of shots of my Chief. One was taken at Echuca where I won Reserve Grand Champion
at our annual AAAA fly in convention April 25 2009. The other is taken at a
110000 acre sheep station just South of Broken Hill in Western New South Wales
October 4 2009. (No airfields in the outback) That was during the annual AAAA "Auster
Rally" at Broken Hill where I won "Best aircraft on the field-non Auster".
Not one to rush things, Ian spent 28 years restoring his Chief and flew it for
the first time in March of this year, 40 years after it last flew. Of
course, there were a few other projects along the way, including an Auster he
restored for a friend. VH-IDH is a 11AC that was converted to a 11BC with
the installation of a Continental C-85 in 1954. It was exported to South
Africa in 1947 and was owned by a farmer who used it for personal transportation
until 1969. Some time in the 1970's it was purchased by a bank manager who
did some work on the plane, but never flew it. Ian Harvie bought the
project in 1981, and took it to Australia in 1984. Notice the unusual
split fiberglass cowling. The cowl latches are from a Stinson.
November 25, 2009. Rick Hadley sent
this photo of his 11AC Chief, NC86196. Rick says his 11AC is a "near twin"
to my N86176. Rick's Chief was test flown on 8/30/46, just two days
after my N86176 received its airworthiness certificate. Of even
greater coincidence, NC86196 was first registered with the CAA on
September 6, 1946, the day Rick was born.
November 29, 2009. Rob Weil sent this
photo of his just-purchased 11AC. Rob shares ownership with his
father-in-law. The plane is very original and has the "faux wood" panel.
Rob has the original wheel pants that he plans to install. The Chief is
now based at Sandy Creek Air Park in Panama City, Florida.
For more photos, go the the
Aeronca Photo Gallery - Archives 2000-2008.