Raymond's Aircraft Restoration BV

Aeronca 7AC Champion OO-TWJ

Introduced in 1945, the 7AC Champion (“Champ”) was the first (and, by far, the most popular) version of the design. It used the Continental A-65-8 engine of 65 horsepower (48 kW).  (Other 65-hp engines by Lycoming and Franklin were also fitted.) A supplemental type certificate allows the installation of a Lycoming O-235. The Champ featured a conventional landing gear configuration, with shock absorption in the main gear provided by oleo struts. The aircraft had no electrical system. It is distinguishable from nearly all other variants by the absence of a dorsal fin at the leading edge of the vertical tail (most later models had the enlarged tail). Approximately 7,200 were built between 1945 and 1948—far outnumbering all other subsequent variants combined, and far outnumbering most rival designs of the period. Some were acquired by the U.S. military and designated L-16—not to be confused with the L-16A and L-16B derived from later Champ variants. Gross weight is 1,220 lb (550 kg) for the standard 7AC and 1,320 lb (600 kg) when configured as an S7AC floatplane; fuel capacity for either version is 13 US gal (49 l; 11 imp gal) in a single tank

The restoration of this airplane was done completely by RAR:
  • Fabric covering of wings
  • Fabric covering of fuselage
  • Instrument panel design

Manufacturer:  Aeronca Aircraft Corp.
Type/Model: 7AC Champion
Registration: OO-VVF
Engine: 1 × Continental A65-8 four cylinder, horizontally opposed piston aircraft engine
Horsepower:   65 hp
Cruise Speed:  85 mph (137 km/h, 74 kn)
No. crew/passengers: 1 pilot (front seat), 1 passenger

Restoration 100%