Tuesday, February 10, 2009
|STANDARD DATA: Seats 2. Gross wt. 1,005. Empty wt. 569. Engine 40-hp Aeronca two-cylinder.
PERFORMANCE: Top mph 95. Cruise mph 87. Range 200. Ceiling 12,000. Initial climb rate 450.
The Aeronca C-3 was an offshoot of the C-2 Deluxe. Introduced in 1934, it was similar to the C-2 in structure but was expanded to accommodate side-byside seating for two. The C-3 was produced in two versions. The Master was changed to an enclosed cabin design. The Collegian retained the open cockpit styling and is easily confused with its C-2 predecessor. By this time, the production of both the engine and airframe of the Aeronca took place in Britain where several are still active. In this country, roughly 17 are still flying with the original Aeronca engine. Others in use have Lycomings and Continentals installed.