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L-16
Role liaison aircraft
Manufacturer Aeronca
Primary users United States Army
National Guard of the United States
Civil Air Patrol
Produced 1946-1950
Number built 609
Developed from Aeronca Model 7 Champion

Aeronca 7BCM

The Aeronca L-16 was a United States Army liaison aircraft. It saw extensive service during the Korean War. It was essentially a militarized version of the Aeronca Champion. From 1955 large numbers were transferred to the Civil Air Patrol.[1]

Variants[edit | edit source]

L-16A (7BCM Champion)
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,[3]
L-16B (7CCM Champion)
Military version of the Model 7AC used as training aircraft for United States Army,[3] 90 hp (67 kW) Continental O-205-1 engine.[4] 100 built.[1]

Operators[edit | edit source]

United States

 Japan

Specifications (L-16B)[edit | edit source]

Aeronca L16B Silh.jpg

Data from United States Military Aircraft Since 1909[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 21 ft 6 in (6.55m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft (10.67m)
  • Height: 7 ft (2.13m)
  • Wing area: 170 ft² (51.82m²)
  • Empty weight: 890lbs. (403.7kg)
  • Loaded weight: 1,450lbs. (657.71kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental O-205-1, 80hp (58.84kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 96 kts (110mph, 177.03km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 87 kts (100mph, 160.93km/h)
  • Range: 304.14nm (350 mi, 563.27km)
  • Service ceiling: 14,500ft. (44916m)
  • Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.06m/s)

Armament

None

See also[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Andrade 1979, page 130
  2. 2.0 2.1 Swanborough and Bowers, 1964 p. 33.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Eden and Moeng, 2002. P. 44.
  4. Harding, p. 13
  • Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0-904597-22-9. 
  • Eden, Paul and Moeng, Soph, eds. The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. London: Amber Books Ltd., 2002. ISBN 0-7607-3432-1.
  • Harding, Stephen (1997). U.S. Army Aircraft Since 1947. Atglen, PA, USA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. ISBN 978-0-7643-0190-2. 
  • Swanborough, F. G. and Bowers, Peter M.United States Military Aircraft Since 1909. Putnam New York, 1964. ISBN 0-85177-816-X.

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