Aeronca 50 Chief

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Main article: Aeronca Chief family
Models 50 and 65
Aeronca 65-CA N29433 lfq.jpg
Model 65-CA
Role Civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Aeronca
First flight 1938

The Aeronca Model 50 Chief was an American light plane of the late 1930s. Consumer demand for more comfort, longer range and better instrumentation resulted in its development in 1938, powered by a 50-horsepower (37-kilowatt) Continental, Franklin or Lycoming engine. A 65-horsepower (48-kilowatt) Continental engine powered the Model 65 Super Chief, which was also built in a flight trainer version, the Model TC-65 Defender, with its rear seat positioned nine inches (23 centimeters) higher than the front for better visibility.

Specifications (Model 50-C Chief)[edit]

Data from American Planes and Engines for 1939[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
  • Wing area: 169 sq ft (15.7 m2)
  • Empty weight: 669 lb (303 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,130 lb (513 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 12 US gal (10.0 imp gal; 45 L)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental A50 air-cooled flat-four piston engine, 50 hp (37 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 100 mph (161 km/h; 87 kn) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 90 mph (145 km/h; 78 kn)
  • Stall speed: 35 mph (56 km/h; 30 kn)
  • Range: 250 mi (217 nmi; 402 km)
  • Service ceiling: 14,000 ft (4,300 m)
  • Rate of climb: 550 ft/min (2.8 m/s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aviation February 1939, pp. 4–5.