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    Even though I'm a PA-11 guy, Thank you very much, Farmboy! I really enjoyed enjoyed this. Had never heard of the Model 9.
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    Looking at Pete's fourth post, the image of the C2 on floats brings up a memory my father related from his early years. His first flight lesson was in a C2 on floats on Stamford Ct harbor. Apparently was a good first lesson. He soon got together with the instructor, this second day was much warmer. They went out on the harbor and "fast taxied" around on full throttle. The instructor decided it was time to go back to the landing, he got out with the engine still running and turned to my dad. You did fine yesterday, just to hot for the plane to lift this much weight so go on out a fly for awhile.
    So my dad soloed with just an hour or so in the book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    "That’s Ed Burns, the designer. The prototype was built in 9 days - Concept to Flight. The nose of prototype was bolted on at the engine mount points. The production models were a little different. Based on a TA fuselage.
    Thanks, Farmboy.

    A few more photos… Looks like Ed Burns in photo #9 and John Friedlander on the left in photo #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    .... It seems that Aeronca had a large number of doors for the 7AC in their inventory which needed a home.....
    Same thing when Cessna developed the 170.
    The 1948 (ragwing) 170 uses a fair number of C120/140 parts--
    including fuel tanks & ailerons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    As one commented stated..... "We can apply all 12 pounds at once or dribble it out over 5 minutes....."

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    Dad sprayed with two champs back in the 60s . One had a c90 and one had a lycoming o235 he said the o235 was a dog. He still has and fly’s the c90 one


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    Flew a PA-11 with an O-235 on it once. The engine really ruined the flying characteristics of the airplane. It was actually an ex Netherlands Air Force L-18B that the Europeans had converted for glider towing. When I flew it, it was back in the States and the owner converted the airplane to a C-90. That made a much better airplane out of it.

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    Bill Fairchild of Pt Angeles WA was one of the pioneers of glacier operations in the 1950's.
    He had a 140hp Champ on retractable wheel skis which he used to fly supplies up to USGS survey parties on Blue Glacier in the Olympics.
    The airport in PA is named for him.
    They used to have a pretty good display about his exploits in the commercial terminal,
    dunno if it's still there or not.
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    Wonderful history......makes me want to own one someday. There's a few still up here but not many fly regularly.

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    The generator mounted up top is not a common site these days, not that external generators are common.

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    What kind of airplane in that bottom pic?
    Doesn't look like an Aeronca I've ever seen.
    I'd guess Ryan SC-W, but why would that be in an Aeronca promo shot?
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    Aeronca L depending on which radial was used LA and LB was LeBlond LC was Warner LD Lambert
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    That shot makes you want to own one doesn’t it Hotrod!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    That shot makes you want to own one doesn’t it Hotrod!


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    That’s a hard yes.

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    Long ago I saw one of those in a Quonset shed in Derry NH, dismantled. Really wanted to get it, but the times weren't right. He wouldn't sell and I didn't have the spare funds. The owner is now long gone west. There was a Waco RNF there as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    That shot makes you want to own one doesn’t it Hotrod! ....
    Yeah, looks pretty racy.
    Is there another photo of one, from the side maybe?
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    Google aeronca L model, lots of good images.
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    Funny about that. I've always been a Piper guy, J-3, J-5, PA'12s,18, 20, 25 with every engine through 180/260. Had a couple of Scouts and had mixed feelings. Then 2 weeks ago, I got a 65 Champ all rebuilt with a 65 and wood prop. I wondered if it would even get off the ground with 2 people. Turns out that it flies like a dream, and after looking it over, I'm really favorably impressed with the construction. Just seems like it has a lot of really good points. I will eventually get another PA-18, but for the moment and for the purpose, I'm very content.
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    Nice Champ! I've been looking for a similar one for years. Enjoy the ride.

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    Old Aeronca Photos from Russ David Beckner

    It’s a really nice one.


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    I am going to blame this project on Pete, he is the one who dug up the old memories that I like the looks of the Aeronca L.
    Many decades ago I had a collection of photos and had done initial drawings when I was in my teens.
    So over the past few days I dug up what data I could and started what I would call a "lookalike". Can you imagine that.
    This is shown with a Lycoming on the nose, not a small radial as it should be. At some point I will draw a Leblond or Warner but being nether of them are within my means to acquire this just might turn to be my next build project.
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    Charlie, plan on a Verner.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Farmboy View Post
    Charlie, plan on a Verner.
    I like the look of them, chatted with a rep out at Kosh last year while on a walk with a friend who is building a Hatz. Their website is made for children with pictures flashing by that I cannot seem to stop. I will try again later.

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    You guys keep filling my head with ideas. There isn't enough time left to accomplish all of these dreams.



    How about a scaled down Consolidated Commodore with two of these Verner or Rotec engines?
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    I tend to question if there are any documents or even enough photos available to draw a fair representation. Do you know the status of the one up in Canada?

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    Which one are you talking about Charlie? If it's the Commodore, I was told by an old Pan Am boat captain that all the left over flying boats were destroyed for scrap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skywagon8a View Post
    Which one are you talking about Charlie? If it's the Commodore, I was told by an old Pan Am boat captain that all the left over flying boats were destroyed for scrap.
    I saw mention of one in the survivors area here,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_Commodore

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    Cool! They are cozy about where it is "Northern Canadian Lake". Looks like it may be in Takla Lake in the middle of British Columbia since Vancouver and "Heritage Act of BC" is mentioned. Look at the side view drawing. That plane must like to porpoise with the step located so far aft. The freight would have to be loaded way aft to control the CG.



    A guess on my part, was that it was on a ferry flight to Alaska. https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinq...NumberTxt=664m It was owned by AIRCRAFT EXPORTING CORP effective 6/15/1942 and sank on June 18, 1942.
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    Pete there are definitely plenty of flying boat ideas to choose from.
    And the Russians are kings of the weird ground effect flying machines.
    This seems to be a interesting watch although I’ve not had time to complete it.

    https://youtu.be/_InRDPcaxDo


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    Thanks for the interesting information !!!

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    Keep in mind these are all photos I'm simply reposting from the owner, who's been posting them on FB. I'm just the share-er-er.

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    I find the overhead conveyor system fascinating. Somehow you don't expect something like this in a small airplane factory. Must be because of the large volume which they had right after the war.
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    Old Aeronca Photos from Russ David Beckner

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