Airbase Arizona - Commemorative Air Force

L-16 Grasshopper

Aeronca L-16 Grasshopper

Wartime Mission: target-spotting and Liaison with Korea. The L-16 was a US civilian aircraft in military colors. The result of numerous design and engine upgrades throughout its use in WWII and post-war civilian pleasure-flying, it served in the Army throughout the Korean War, where it performed many of the same roles it had in WWII: Target-spotting, observation, general utility, liaison missions, and rescue.


In the late 1950s, quite a few L-16s returned to civilian life, where most of them shed their wartime paint and resumed life as 7BCM or 7CCM Champs, teaching primary students to fly across the US. Still others went on to serve in the US Civil Air Patrol, a civilian search-and-rescue arm of the US Air Force.

Flight details

Number of Passengers: 1 (behind pilot)
Price: $95
Accessibility: Must be able to climb into cockpit; total passenger and pilot weight not to exceed 400 lbs.
Ear Protection: Headset (provided or bring your own)
Flight Intensity: Low (similar to Cessna 172)

Aeronca L-16 Grasshopper

General Characteristics
Type: Liaison/Military Spotter/Utility
Manufacturer: Aeronca
Maiden Flight: 1944
Introduced: November 1945
Theatre of War: World War II, Korean War
Number Produced: 10,000+
Status: Variants still used as civilian aircraft today

Crew: 2
Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in
Length: 21 ft 6 in
Height: 7 ft 0 in
Empty Weight: 890 lbs
Max Takeoff Weight: 1,450 lbs

Power Plant: (1) Continental O-205-1
Horsepower: 90 hp
Maximum Speed: 87 knots (100 mph)
Service Ceiling: 14,500 ft
Rate of Climb: 800 ft/min
Range: 348 nm (400 mi)
Armament: None

Flights on this plane

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L-16 Grasshopper - Seating Chart

  • Passengers must be 12 years of age or older.
  • Passenger must be able to climb into cockpit without assistance.
  • For safety reasons, all passengers must wear close-toed shoes. No Sandals or flip-flops will be allowed.
  • All flights take-off from and land at the same airport.
  • Total passenger and pilot weight not to exceed 400 lbs.