|Primary users||United States Army|
National Guard of the United States
Civil Air Patrol
|Developed from||Aeronca Model 7 Champion|
The Aeronca L-16 was a United States Army liaison aircraft built by Aeronca. It saw extensive service during the Korean War. It was essentially a militarized version of the Aeronca Champion. From 1955 large numbers were transferred to the Civil Air Patrol.
Derived from the Aeronca Champion (Aeronca Model 7 series), the L-16 primarily replaced the similar Piper L-4 (a modified Piper Cub) in U.S. military service. The L-16 afforded generally better performance, stability, visibility and comfort -- while its safety characteristics were a mix of better and worse than the L-4.   
- L-16A (7BCM Champion)
- 509 built, 376 of them produced for the Air National Guard, used in Korea 1950, 85 hp (63 kW) Continental O-190-1 (C-85) engine,
- L-16B (7CCM Champion)
- Military version of the Model 7AC used as training aircraft for United States Army, 90 hp (67 kW) Continental O-205-1 engine. 100 built.
Data from United States Military Aircraft Since 1909
- Crew: 2
- Length: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)
- Wingspan: 35 ft (10.67 m)
- Height: 7 ft (2.13 m)
- Wing area: 170 sq ft (15.79 m²)
- Empty weight: 890 lb (403.7 kg)
- Loaded weight: 1,450 lb (657.71 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental O-205-1, 90 hp (58.84 kW)
- Maximum speed: 96 kn (110 mph, 177.03 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 87 kn (100 mph, 160.93 km/h)
- Range: 304.14 nmi (350 mi, 563.27 km)
- Service ceiling: 14,500 ft (4267 m)
- Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.06 m/s)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Aeronca L-16.|
- Andrade 1979, page 130
- Aerofiles.com, "Aeronca" page, Aircraft section, retrieved Feb. 22, 2016
- Davisson, Budd. "Comparing the Classics: The Aeronca Champ," EAA/Sport Aviation, June, 1997, Experimental Aircraft Association, as reproduced on the author's website, retrieved 2016-02-01
- Air Training Department, The Artillery School, U.S. Army, "The New Grasshopper—L-16," (semi-official U.S. Army tutorial written to guide pilots transitioning from the Piper L-4 to the Aeronca L-16) The Field Artillery Journal, Nov-Dec 1947, United States Army,
- Swanborough and Bowers, 1964 p. 33.
- Eden and Moeng, 2002. P. 44.
- Harding, p. 13
- Andrade, John (1979). U.S.Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0-904597-22-9.
- Eden, Paul and Moeng, Soph, eds. The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. London: Amber Books Ltd., 2002. ISBN 0-7607-3432-1.
- Harding, Stephen (1997). U.S. Army Aircraft Since 1947. Atglen, PA, USA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7643-0190-2.
- Swanborough, F. G. and Bowers, Peter M.United States Military Aircraft Since 1909. Putnam New York, 1964. ISBN 0-85177-816-X.