Aeronca L-16

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Aeronca L-16 aircraft USAF in flight.jpg
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
A 1956-built Aeronca 7BCM in 2011 painted to represent an L-16A

The Aeronca L-16 was a United States Army liaison aircraft built by Aeronca. 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]

Derived from the Aeronca Champion (Aeronca Model 7 series), the L-16 primarily replaced the similar Piper L-4 (a modified Piper Cub) in U.S. military service. The L-16 afforded generally better performance, stability, visibility and comfort -- while its safety characteristics were a mix of better and worse than the L-4. [2] [3] [4]


Aeronca L16B Silh.jpg
L-16A (7BCM Champion)
509 built, 376 of them produced for the Air National Guard,[5] used in Korea 1950, 85 hp (63 kW) Continental O-190-1 (C-85) engine,[6]
L-16B (7CCM Champion)
Military version of the Model 7AC used as training aircraft for United States Army,[6] 90 hp (67 kW) Continental O-205-1 engine.[7] 100 built.[1]


 United States


Specifications (L-16B)[edit]

L-16 7BCM 1947 Cockpit

Data from United States Military Aircraft Since 1909[5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft (10.67 m)
  • Height: 7 ft (2.13 m)
  • Wing area: 170 sq ft (15.79 m²)
  • Empty weight: 890 lb (403.7 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 1,450 lb (657.71 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental O-205-1, 90 hp (58.84 kW)




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Related development


  1. ^ a b Andrade 1979, page 130
  2. ^, "Aeronca" page, Aircraft section, retrieved Feb. 22, 2016
  3. ^ Davisson, Budd. "Comparing the Classics: The Aeronca Champ," EAA/Sport Aviation, June, 1997, Experimental Aircraft Association, as reproduced on the author's website, retrieved 2016-02-01
  4. ^ Air Training Department, The Artillery School, U.S. Army, "The New Grasshopper—L-16," (semi-official U.S. Army tutorial written to guide pilots transitioning from the Piper L-4 to the Aeronca L-16) The Field Artillery Journal, Nov-Dec 1947, United States Army,
  5. ^ a b Swanborough and Bowers, 1964 p. 33.
  6. ^ a b Eden and Moeng, 2002. P. 44.
  7. ^ Harding, p. 13
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  • 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.