Tuesday, February 10, 2009
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 1. Gross wt. 700. Empty wt. 426. Engine 26-hp Aeronca two-cylinder.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 75. Cruise mph 60. Range 200. Initial climb rate 450.
Cincinnati’s Aeronautical Corp. of America debuted the Aeronca C-2 at the Los Angeles Air Races of 1929. It was the first truly light plane to be manufactured in quantity. Despite the obvious limitations of its 26-hp engine, specifically designed for use in the company’s light aircraft, performance was said to be good. Construction of the C-2 was conventional, utilizing a highbraced wing with two spruce spars and a welded steel-tube fuselage covered with fabric. Production totaled 112, including the C-2 Deluxe version, which featured a 36-hp Aeronca powerplant. The increased horsepower added about 20 mph to the C-2’s top speed and cruise speed but limited its range to 175 miles.