Aeronca’s “Flying Bathtub” — their C-2
This is the aircraft which inspired General Aviation in the United States. Taking basic design concepts from the Santos-Dumont Demoiselle Aeronca built the stable and affordable C-2. The open cockpit with the pilot sitting on a wood plank inspired “Flying Bathtub” as well as “Airknocker” as nicknames. The engine was 30 hp or less and airspeed was between 31 and 80 mph but the C-2 was considered affordable (an owner didn’t need to be in the elite class) at the time though it was during the Depression Era.
This aircraft is suspended in the main hall of Seattle’s Museum of Flight.