Where are they now...
We are actively seeking information on Aeronca L-16s, in flying condition or not, wherever they may be.
We have been collecting data for nearly a decade now, building as complete a database as we can of these fine classic aircraft.
Please contact us if you know of an Aeronca L-16
that is currently flying, in storage, or under restoration.
All 609 L-16s which Aeronca built in 1947 and 1948 went initially to the U. S. Army, but the Air Force soon reclaimed a limited number for itself.
A number of these L-16s enjoyed front line military service in Korea. Few of these returned to North America: one is still on the South Korean aircraft register, owned by the Soeul Flying Club.
Most of the two dozen or so L-16s flying in Canada and the United States today served the U. S. Army and Air Force stateside during the late 40s and 50s. They were then transferred to the Air Force-administered civil air Patrol, where their good stability, visibility, and slow speed manoeuvrability made them ideal for search and rescue missions.
Once the Civil Air Patrol began to wind down its use of the L-16 in the 60s and 70s, the aircraft were sold off to flying clubs, schools and individuals.