Aeronca 0-58 and L-3 / -16 Grasshopper. A photo. Characteristics.
Aeronca 0-58 and L-3 / -16 Grasshopper. A photo. Characteristics.

Aeronca 0-58 and L-3 / -16 Grasshopper. A photo. Characteristics.



A type: single-engine reconnaissance and connected vysokoplan

Crew: the pilot and the observer, arranged one behind the other

In order to obtain light aircraft for reconnaissance and communications in the front band in the last few months of peace in 1941, the US Army evaluated four ready designs from three reputable American companies, namely: "Payper" companies (Piper), «Teylorkraft» (Taylorcraft) and " Aeronca "(Aegopsa). Offer the last of the listed companies was 65 aircraft model, which is a modification of the two-seater training aircraft and was in the US Air Force designation 0-58.

It acquired more than 400 aircraft of various modifications and 1942 year changed its designation to 0 (for a Observation - intelligence, surveillance) to L (Liaison - link). By the end of production in the year 1944 1030 was made even airplanes. These aircraft were flying around the globe. After the war planes were built more for the civil and military markets. In the US Army, they were designated L-16 - this machine is a modified civilian aircraft model 7VS "Champion» (Champion), but with a more powerful engine "Continental» (Continental) 0-205-1.

Many former military aircraft "Gresskhopper» (Grasshopper - a grasshopper) still fly in North America, at least seven aircraft appeared at the moment in the civil register of the UK.

Basic data


  • Length: 6,4 m
  • Wingspan: 10,67 m
  • Height: 2,34 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 379 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 590 kg


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 140 km / h
  • Range: 322 km


Power point: «Continental» 0-170-3 (on modifications 0-58 / L-3) and "Continental» 0-205-1 (on modifying L-16)

Power: 65 l. from. (48,9 kW) and 90 l. from. (67 kW), respectively,

Date of first flight:

  • 1941 year


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • 0-58, L-3 and L-16


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