Drawing - Paul Matt - Aeronca Model K
The Aeronca K was introduced in 1937, making its formal debut on the east coast at the New York Aircraft Show held in January and on the west coast at the Los Angeles Air Show in March. The plane was an immediate hit and dealers all over the country were filing orders. By November, Aeronca was building three Model Ks per day and the airplanes were shipped out, cramming six complete Aeronca Ks in a boxcar.
As a cheap, economical airplane, the Aeronca K soon appeared on the flight line of many flying schools, as well as in the hands of private pilots all over the country. The fuselage was built up of welded steel tubing, faired to shape with wooden formers and fairing strip, then fabric covered. The bench-type seat could accommodate two people and a baggage shelf behind the seat could hold up to 20 pounds. The cabin was completely enclosed with Pyralin windows and upholstered with serviceable fabrics. The wing framework was built up of solid spruce spar beams with spruce and plywood truss-type wing ribs. The powerplant was a 42 hp Aeronca E-113-CB engine.
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 1 Passenger
- Length: 20 ft 7 in. (6.3 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in. (10.98 m)
- Height: 7 ft 6 in. (2.00 m)
- Wing area: 142.2 ft2 (13.2 m2)
- Empty weight: 645 lb (292 kg)
- Powerplant: Aeronca E-113-CB horizontally opposed 2-cylinder engine
- Maximum airspeed: 90 mph (145 km/h)
- Range: 190 miles (306 km)
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