let me guess famous for stunt maneveurs?
then I am going to stay away from one of these.
Aeronca C3 first light plane to comlete the National Air Tour 1931 four thousand and some miles?
If that's correct, aside from being one of the first aircraft to be affordable for GA, the best I can find of its historical significance is that it was the first airplane to be refueled from a moving automobile.
"[FONT=Trebuchet MS, Arial, MS Sans Serif]The Aeronca C-2 also holds the distinction of being the first aircraft to be refueled from a moving automobile. A can of gasoline was handed up from a speeding Austin automobile to a C-2 pilot (who hooked it with a wooden cane) during a 1930 air show in California."[/FONT]
Any ideas to why Aeronca started with the C-2 designation and not C-1?
The Aeronca C-1 was similiar I believe - 36hp Aeronca engine, etc. Was involved in a fatal crash killing a company exec and the other one they were working on at the time was designated a C-2. That is what I think I recall.
Come on Waco.... it is the most obvious answer....
I've got nothing. There was a C-1 though.
Yes there was.
I'll help prompt you here...
Where did the design of the C-2 come from?
Google Aeronca and Jean A. Roché...
Jean Roche was Aeronca's chief engineer around the time the C-2 was created. He also had a job at Wright-Patterson designing aircraft/engineering for the Army and he slid between those positions.
What if I told you that he designed and built the first "Flying Bathtub"?
Would that help?