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June Mystery Airplane Contest


August 1, 2021

Tom Lymburn

1936 Aeronca LB

This month's mystery, the Aeronca Model LB, was literally washed away. Founded on 11 November 1928, the Aeronautical Corporation of America, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, was the first company to manufacture commercially successful general aviation aircraft. It had the backing of the wealthy Taft family.

Located at Lunken Field, Aeronca suffered a major disaster in 1937 when the Ohio River flooded the airport. The Aeronca factory was destroyed and tooling, inventory, and blueprints for the promising Model L were lost. After the flood, Aeronca moved to Middletown, Ohio, and concentrated o...

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