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Aeronca’s “Flying Bathtub” — their C-2

23 September 2015
A Flying Bathtub the Aeronca C-2 — photo by Joseph May

A Flying Bathtub, the Aeronca C-2 — Travel for Aircraft:Joseph May

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.

A Flying Bathtub the Aeronca C-2 — photo by Joseph May

A Flying Bathtub, the Aeronca C-2 — Travel for Aircraft:Joseph May

This aircraft is suspended in the main hall of Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

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  1. Errol Cavit permalink
    23 September 2015 03:47

    I was amazed when I saw the somewhat similar Aeronca C-3 flying at the Wings Over Wairarapa show in NZ. Actually quite agile for something with so little power!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      23 September 2015 07:55

      Thank you for the insight. After all, it’s how they fly which is most important so your observation is most welcome. Joe

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