Flying the Champ: Taildragger Heaven

I walked out to the ramp to begin my preflight on the Champ.  I reached up to run my hand along the wing, and it gave under the light touch of my fingers.  I sucked in my breath and exclaimed, “It’s fabric!” I admired it and was in awe of the feel of it.  My face must have shown my amazement, as my instructor laughed at me with my first encounter with a truly original style fabric covered plane.

It’s an Aeronca Champ built in 1945.

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