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Aeronca L-3B Defender

Aeronca L-3B Defender

Did You Know?

  • The L-3B Defender is a lightweight plane that was used by the U.S. Army during World War II.
  • It was an aircraft that performed a variety of functions such as artillery fire direction, pilot training, glider pilot instruction, courier service and frontline liaison.
  • They were nicknamed "Grasshoppers."


Crew Two
Wingspan 35 ft. 3 in.
Length 22 ft. 5 in.
Height 6 ft. 8 in.
Maximum Weight 1,200 lbs.
Maximum Speed 85 mph
Range 190 miles
Engine Continental A-65-8, producing 65 hp
Number Produced 19,888
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