Drawing - Paul Matt - Aeronca C-3 Master
The two-seat Aeronca C-3 was dubbed the “flying bathtub” because of its unusual fuselage shape. Following the successful C-2 Scout model, the C-3 Master was marketed as an all weather convertible, with removable door and fold-down window. The Master, inexpensive to own and operate, was popular with sportsman pilots and required only 70 feet of runway to take off. Approximately 400 were produced.
The E-113C engine used on this aircraft has a single magneto ignition system. Later, Aeronca E-113CBD engines featured dual magnetos as required by the new safety standards of 1938. The engine consumes about three gallons of gas per hour at cruising speed (85% power). The fuselage is fabric-covered welded steel tubing and the wings are fabric-covered spruce.
It has dual control wheels. The Duplex was the open cockpit configuration and sold for $1730; the Master was the enclosed version and sold for $1790. For 1936, all C-3s were built with enclosed cockpits.
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 1 Pilot
- Length: 20 ft 0 in. (6.1 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in. (10.98 m)
- Height: 7 ft 6 in. (2.32 m)
- Wing area: 142.2 ft2 (13.2 m2)
- Empty weight: 569 lb (258 kg)
- Gross weight: 1006 lb (456 kg)
- Powerplant: Aeronca E-113C horizontally opposed 2-cylinder engine, 40 hp (29.8 kW)
- Maximum airspeed: 90 mph (145 km/h)
- Range: 190 miles (306 km)
- Service ceiling: 14,000 ft (4,267 m)
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