Aeronca 7AC Champ Photos, Featured Aircraft






7AC-1281, N82639, Seward Airpark, AK
7AC-1420, N82773, Glick Airport, Smoketown, PA
7AC-2403, N83725, Miller's Airport, Newburg, ME
7AC-3790, N85063, Homer, AK

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1946 Aeronca 7AC Champion, 7AC-1281, N82639, with C-85-12

at PAWD, Seward Airport, Seward, AK
July 2004

8/12/04 - Yeah - - this is how it 'oughta be. Ronn Hemstock, a high school industrial arts instructor in Seward, Alaska, helped his student find and refurbish this old taildragger so he can learn to fly and build hours. It would be a lot better world if more people did things like that.

Ole' '639 was built as a 7AC Champ with an A-65 Continental. It has been upgraded to 7DC configuration with the C-85-12, 85-HP engine, but there is still no electrical system.
  Photo 2 - With the J-3 Cub we can stand behind the prop, put our left foot in front of the right tire and easily reach the throttle as we "prop" it, but that would not be as easy with the Champ's door arrangement.  
  Photo 3 - It appears that the only concessions to "original" here are the hand-held radio, turn and bank indicator, and EGT.  
  Photo 4 - Elaine and I ran out to the airport three times that day as the weather changed from heavy overcast to light overcast to this. I took a series of (digital) photos of about 10 aircraft each time with the thought that "This might be as good as it gets". Finally we got some sunshine and blue sky! Wow, what a beautiful place Alaska is! And if you like fresh river Salmon, mmmmm!!  
1946 Aeronca 7AC Champion, 7AC-1420, N82773, with A-65-8
at S37, Smoketown Airport, Smoketown, PA
November, 2003

Pristine. Stock. Simple. Pretty. The way things used to be - - even to the paint colors and scheme. Manufactured March 20, 1946, '773 is probably in better condition than most of its human contemporaries!

It is interesting to note that the initial Application for Airworthiness on this aircraft was submitted by Boulevard Airport, Inc., Philadelphia, instead of by Aeronca. See details on that and other history after the last photo.
Some aircraft get around a lot. Even 7AC's. Note how N83725 has lived in Michigan, Alaska, and New England. Well, this little Champ never got far from home. It appears that all its life, NC82773 has been based within 100-miles of its present home!
Photo 2 - The Champ's distinctive cabin door, which swings down at an angle.
Photo 3 - Check out that panel. "Basic", wouldn't you say?!
Photo 4 - The Aeronca logo. One concession from originality is the larger tailwheel.
Photo 5 - Sitting pretty. The Champ wing interchanges with the Chief.
Photo 6 - The Sensenich wood prop ads to the "purist" nature of this little bird. It appears to have the original, mechanical brakes rather than hydraulic.
History from 2004 FAA files, with my comments: 3/21/46, Statement of Conformity by Aeronca's Chief Engineer. Shows model and s/n but no registration; 3/21/46, Certificate of Transfer, Bill of Sale from Aeronca Aircraft Corporation, Middletown, OH to Boulevard Airport, Inc., Philadelphia, PA; 3/21/46, Application for Airworthiness by Boulevard Airport, Inc., Philadelphia, PA; 3/21/46, Operation Limitations shows empty weight of #757, gross #1220, date of manufacturer 3/20/46; 3/21/46 Application for Registration, Boulevard Airport, Inc., Aeronca 7AC, 7AC-1420, NC82773.

3/24/46 to Reading Aero Club, reading PA (Ben Bohrer, Grant Blimline, Orville Becker, Robert Guss, Clarence Arnold, Harold Resch, Harold Landis); 11/50 to James J. McHale, Port Carbon, PA; 3/51 to Felix E. Bartush, Orwigsburg, PA; 11/51 to Henry J Slonina or Marion E. Slonina, Orwigsburg, PA; 5/52, 879-hours TT at annual; 5/53, 935-TT at annual; 2/54 to Marlin Miller, Schuylkill Haven, PA; 5/54, 987-TT at annual; 6/55, 1027-TT at annual; 1/57 to James D. Rosemary, Wilmington, DE.

8/57, '337, recovered with Irish Linen, by John F. Steimer, a friend of our family; 4/58 to Lovett Airport, Inc., Newark, DE; 7/58 to DuPont Employees Flying Club, Wilmington, DE; 7/59, '337 on repairs because of "ground collision incurred damage". (Isn't that what most aircraft damage is caused by? :) It is signed off by a CAA Inspector who used to give my father a hard time. He's also the guy who gave me my Private Pilot check ride in the T-6G. Lots of memorie-connections in some of these aircraft files!

9/59 to T.P. Crigler and George M. Feist, Wilmington, DE; 3/63 to Glenn W. Mitchem, New Castle, DE for $400; 8/63 to George E. Fetters, Spring City, PA; 11/69 to Darwin L. Murphy, Hatboro, PA; 7/77, '337, aircraft completely rebuilt, recovered with Ceconite, installed large Maule tailwheel; 5/83 to Stephen E. Finestone, Landsdale, PA for $500; 6/85 to Marlin G. Horst and Robert H. Leaman, Lancaster, PA; 1/99, '337 on some major repairs.
1946 Aeronca 7AC Champion, 7AC-2403, N83725, with O-235-C1 Lycoming
at ME74, Miller’s Airport, Newburg, ME
September, 2003

This is one sweet little 1946, Aeronca 7AC Champ! N83725 is still a 7AC but it has been modified to the O-235 Lycoming which makes it a very different flying airplane! There was something about the way it sat there in the corner of the old wooden hangar that said, "Take my picture".

You can see ski fittings there and I'll bet it's a blast in the snow. John Miller has a dandy little grass strip there at Newburg, Maine.
  Photo 2 - Not your standard Champ dorsal fin! This was installed in 1965 and the O-235 was put on some years later.

As you can see from the info below, N83725 has spent most of its time in the cold climates of Alaska and New England. It would probably have a hard time adjusting to life in Florida or Arizona.
  From 2003 FAA records, with my comments: 5/16/46, application for registration, Aeronca Aircraft Corporation, Middletown, Ohio, 7AC, 7AC-2403; 5/16/46, application for airworthiness, had Continental A65-8; empty weight #752, gross #1220; 5/28/46 to Wells Aviation Company, Detroit, MI; 5/31/46 to Milton H and Dorothy A Berz, Birmingham, MI.

4/47, "Recovered fuselage and tail surfaces with grade "A" fabric, removed old dope and applied new dope on wings and ailerons." (Sounds like hail damage); 10/47, '337. Spliced left wing spars at tip and replaced or repaired all landing gear fittings (Uh-oh, somebody goofed!); 5/55 to James W. Blakley Jr., Birmingham, MI.

1/56 to Spernak Airways, Anchorage, AK; 2/56 to Milford Stanley and/or James J. Galbraith, Anchorage, AK; 7/55, 2478.15-TT at annual; 4/57 to Herbert Hickethier, Mt. View, AK; 5/63 to Joseph H and Anne B. Wilbur, Anchorage, AK; 8/63 to Edward P. Mulcahy, Anchorage, AK; 3/65, '337 on installation of larger vertical fin; 3/68 to Harold F. Komarek, Anchorage, AK for $500; 6/75 to Daniel R. VanKirk and Richard S. Creese, King Salmon, AK for $3,000; 8/76, '337 indicated A-75-8 engine is installed; 11/76 to Mark J. Warren, Eagle River, AK, $3,000; 2/78 to Raymond L. Holmes, Valdez, AK for $5,000. Bank document shows Lycoming O-235-C1 and Landis Skis; 5/79, '337, aircraft recovered, installed Lycoming O-235-C1 in accordance with STC SA3-372; 3/82 to Gary L. Goold, Valdez, AK; 5/86 to Donald F. Nickerson, Valdez, AK.

2/94 to Roland M. Smith, East Corinth, ME, $10,500; 5/96, Estate of Roland M. Smith to Joan M. Smith, East Corinth, ME; 5/96 to Allan R. Tubbs, Newburg, ME then Orrington, ME.
1946 Aeronca 7AC Champion, 7AC-3790, N85063, with O-235-C1 Lycoming
PAHO, Homer Airport, Homer, AK
July 2004

Tom Young is my wife's, cousin's, daughter's, husband. There must be a simpler way to say that! Tom has owned this Champ for over 20-years and flown it about 4000 hours doing fish spotting in Alaska, along with hunting and fishing excursions, instructing and fun flying. (Actually, with Tom, I think that all flying is fun flying. He enjoys it and does it well.)

  With the O-235 Lycoming in place of the original A-65 Continental, he comfortably flies it out of 500' strips. The 26x12x6" tires help handle the rocks and rough terrain that are common to such activities. He has kept the aircraft light by not installing an electrical system.  
  Photo 2 - "Super Champ" and a faithful dog, in Homer, Alaska. Life is good! The dog died several years after this photo was taken in 2003, but if dogs go to heaven :) he will surely be there.  
  Photo 3 - This looks like an effective control lock!  


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