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Aeronca Aircraft Corp Monowheel Racer


Jean Roché experimented with a C-3, removing the main landing gear and substituting one wheel in the center of the fuselage. The wingtips had small tricycle wheels for launching and for the end of a landing roll. Quite a bit of weight was saved (about 40 pounds) and aerodynamic drag reduced. The C-3 was personally owned by Roché and shown in registers only as a racer. It was used in a race or two in 1933 wearing race number 17 (NR12407) then returned to conventional configuration. It came in third in a 115-c/i free-for-all.

 


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