Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper

L-3 Grasshopper picture
Originally designated the O-58, the L-3 was one of several liason aircraft named "Grasshopper" by the USAAC. Approximately 1439 examples of the L-3 were manufactured before production ended in 1944. These served in a variety of liason roles; an unpowered version was also developed for the training of glider pilots.

Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia here.
(updated February 2009)

Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper

Type:           two-seat liason aircraft/training glider
Crew:           2
Armament:       none

        Length:         21' 0" (6.40 m)
        Height:         7' 8" (2.34 m)
        Wingspan:       35' 0" (10.67 m)
        Wing area:      158 sq. ft (14.68 sq. m)
        Empty Weight:   835 lb (379 kg)
        Max Weight:     1300 lb (590 kg) max at takeoff

        No. of Engines: 1
        Powerplant:     Continental O-170 flat-four
        Horsepower:     65 hp

        Range:          200 miles (322 km)
        Cruise Speed:   46 mph ( 74 km/h)
        Max Speed:      87 mph ( 140 km/h)
        Ceiling:        10,000 ft (3050 m)

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