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Photo ID: 1011074
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Model: 65-LA Chief Registration: N24286
Year: 1940 Serial Number: L-7480
Engine: Lycoming O-145-B, 65-HP Owner: Harry Porter
Location: Clarion County Airport, PA Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Date: 2003, August Present Registration: Present Owner (FAA info):
Notes: 8/18/03 - I was traveling I-80 past Clarion, PA, and stopped by to see if there were any interesting airplanes to "shoot". This old Aeronca qualified!

N24286 is a 1940, Aeronca 65-LA Chief. It has a 65-HP, O-145-B Lycoming. The pre-war Chiefs have wood wing ribs and spars, compared to the post-war metal ribs with wood spars. This old gem still has the cable operated, mechanical brakes! It has a skylight, too, which the later Chiefs don't have.

The familial resemblance is obvious, but the 65-LA is somewhat different from the post-war 11AC and later Chief's that we know better.

Photo ID: 1011075
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Notes: Note the "tunnel cowling", as it is referred to in FAA Aircraft Specification No. A-702. It appears that air moves over the engine, through a "tunnel", and out the sides of the cowl. Interesting!
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus

Photo ID: 1011076
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Notes: Probably not your serious cross-country cruiser, but just right for some "puttsing around" on a quiet summer's evening!
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
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