Chum 12-AC1

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Post by Jody Wittmeyer » Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:43

The NAA just became the proud owners of the data plate and registration of the first (of 3) Aeronca Chum, model 12 that Aeronca built, registration NX39637. This plane went to Goodyear in 1947.
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Post by joea » Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:59

Jody,

Thank you very much for the work on this. Had you not gone ahead and done this were several of us ready to do so, and glad that it worked out.

The NAA needs to have this much more than any other organization and glad it worked out!

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Post by Paul Agaliotis » Mon Dec 18, 2006 00:15

Jody,
Good job on recovering a very unique piece of history. I was watching that one also.
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Post by Jody Wittmeyer » Mon Dec 18, 2006 04:59

Thanks for not running the bid way up. :lol: I would have paid whatever it took, so our group kept this.
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Post by Paul Agaliotis » Wed Mar 11, 2009 09:51

Has the NAA decided in what direction the Chum project is headed. It would be nice to "rebuild" the project. Of course this would be a large undertaking but would be worth the effort. I was watching the items a few years back and considered an Ercoupe donor as the place to start. I would like to offer my assistance on the project. I'm sure others would help in any way they can.
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Post by joea » Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:09

Paul,

The last I heard on this and its been a while was that we were still trying to find the last existing Chum. Evidently the University of Ohio or someplace in that area had the airframe but this was years ago. No one knew what happened to it and no real leads.

Would love to see it found and some progress made on this.

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Post by Paul Agaliotis » Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:26

Joe,
There is so little information on this airplane. It tends to be a footnote in most areas of information. I believe the NAA aircraft had the Ercoupe tail and a Champ nosebowl and custom cowl. The few photos show the trailing link gear but the shock set up is different. My guess it was a cut down Champ oleo.
The number two aircraft had the semi-cruciform tail. Probably hooked on in the same manner as the Ercoupe tail.
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Post by Jody Wittmeyer » Wed Mar 11, 2009 19:37

There were 3 designs on the prototype. The ercoupe tail, a standard single tail (which didn't work!) And a tall singal tail, which did work. Then Aeronca made 3 production planes before scraping the project. All had the tall tail. We have all the drawings so would have to build from scratch.
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Post by MikeB » Thu Mar 12, 2009 13:09

Just got my copy of General Aviation News this morning and they have a picture of a Aeronca LC on the cover page. Reported to be the only one flying. Somewhat resembles the "Chum" from what I remember from pictures.

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Post by Paul Agaliotis » Thu Mar 12, 2009 13:31

I need to get out and pick up a copy. The LC has always been a favorite of mine. If I find one I'm going to try and get it. I went to LA for an auction on one a few years back and couldn't afford it. It went to the museum up in Hood River, Terry Brant bought it. It was in good shape with a fresh engine.
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Post by MikeB » Thu Mar 12, 2009 16:13

Paul,
That's the plane they're featuring on the cover.
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Post by MikeB » Thu Mar 12, 2009 21:03

It's a new one on me and according to my Aeronca book, there were only 25 built. I wonder how many actually are left.

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Post by bwmatz » Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:31

We thought we were on the trail of a Chum airframe but have had no luck finding anything. There was a Chum that was acquired by Goodyear in Akron, Ohio. This is, we believe, the aircraft for which we have the dataplate. The aircraft was used by Goodyear for some development testing of castering crosswind main gear. At some point, the airframe was donated to Kent State University here in Ohio. I've been in contact with several at the University and we have come up with nothing. The head of the aviation maintenance training department happens to own a 7EC and got a little excited when I told him what he may be sitting on, so he made an earnest attempt to find something. He said there was a department head change several years ago and along with it, a big cleanout of the hangars and storage facilities. He said if there was anything left, it likely went then....that's if it was not already chopped up by aviation tech students. He thought he might have found the engine, but the serial numbers didn't match.
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Post by Jerry Eichenberger » Mon Mar 23, 2009 17:06

Joe -

There is no "Univ. of Ohio" There are Ohio State University and Ohio University. OSU is in Columbus, and OU is in Athens, OH. Both have fairly large scale flight programs.

The former chief of the flight school at OSU, who seemed old when I was a young instructor there in my college days in the mid 1960s still flies a Luscombe at age 84 and he keeps it at my FBO.

I'll probably see him this weekend and I'll ask if he knows anything about this subject.
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Post by shorty » Wed Mar 25, 2009 19:05

For some reason, I was thinking of the "Arrow" which more favors a Swift, than an Ercoupe.

I googled it, and found a Chum, Yep, looks like an Ercoupe, or a Mooney
might make good donors.
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