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Photo ID: 1011461
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Model: Aeronca 7AC Champion Registration: N83725
Year: 1946 Serial Number: 7AC-2403
Engine(s): Lycoming O-235-C1, 108-HP Owner: Allan Tubbs
Orrington, ME
Location: Millerís Airport
Newburg, ME
Photographer: Ken Stoltzfus
Date: September, 2003 Present Registration: Same Present Owner (FAA info): Same
Notes: 9/23/04 - This is one sweet little 1946, Aeronca 7AC Champ! N83725 is still a 7AC but it has been modified to the O-235 Lycoming which makes it a very different flying airplane! There was something about the way it sat there in the corner of the old wooden hangar that said, "Take my picture".

You can see ski fittings there and I'll bet it's a blast in the snow. John Miller has a dandy little grass strip there at Newburg, Maine.

Photo ID: 1011462
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Notes: Not your standard Champ dorsal fin! This was installed in 1965 and the O-235 was put on some years later.

As you can see from the info below, N83725 has spent most of its time in the cold climates of Alaska and New England. It would probably have a hard time adjusting to life in Florida or Arizona.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
From FAA records, with my comments: 5/16/46, application for registration, Aeronca Aircraft Corporation, Middletown, Ohio, 7AC, 7AC-2403; 5/16/46, application for airworthiness, had Continental A65-8; empty weight #752, gross #1220; 5/28/46 to Wells Aviation Company, Detroit, MI; 5/31/46 to Milton H and Dorothy A Berz, Birmingham, MI.

4/47, "Recovered fuselage and tail surfaces with grade "A" fabric, removed old dope and applied new dope on wings and ailerons." (Sounds like hail damage); 10/47, '337. Spliced left wing spars at tip and replaced or repaired all landing gear fittings (Uh-oh, somebody goofed!); 5/55 to James W. Blakley Jr., Birmingham, MI.

1/56 to Spernak Airways, Anchorage, AK; 2/56 to Milford Stanley and/or James J. Galbraith, Anchorage, AK; 7/55, 2478.15-TT at annual; 4/57 to Herbert Hickethier, Mt. View, AK; 5/63 to Joseph H and Anne B. Wilbur, Anchorage, AK; 8/63 to Edward P. Mulcahy, Anchorage, AK; 3/65, '337 on installation of larger vertical fin; 3/68 to Harold F. Komarek, Anchorage, AK for $500; 6/75 to Daniel R. VanKirk and Richard S. Creese, King Salmon, AK for $3,000; 8/76, '337 indicated A-75-8 engine is installed; 11/76 to Mark J. Warren, Eagle River, AK, $3,000; 2/78 to Raymond L. Holmes, Valdez, AK for $5,000. Bank document shows Lycoming O-235-C1 and Landis Skis; 5/79, '337, aircraft recovered, installed Lycoming O-235-C1 in accordance with STC SA3-372; 3/82 to Gary L. Goold, Valdez, AK; 5/86 to Donald F. Nickerson, Valdez, AK.

2/94 to Roland M. Smith, East Corinth, ME, $10,500; 5/96, Estate of Roland M. Smith to Joan M. Smith, East Corinth, ME; 5/96 to Allan R. Tubbs, Newburg, ME then Orrington, ME.
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