Champion Aircraft

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Champion Aircraft Corporation
Corporation
Industry General Aviation
Founded1954
Defunct1970  OOjs UI icon edit-ltr-progressive.svg
Headquarters Osceola, Wisconsin
Key people
Robert Brown

Champion Aircraft Corporation was formed in 1954 by Robert Brown. Headquartered in Osceola, Wisconsin airport, it began production in 1954 of the 7EC design which it had purchased from Aeronca Aircraft Corporation. Through the 1950s and the 1960s Champion introduced variations on the 7-series design. Champion also developed and began production of the significantly upgraded follow-on to the 7-series, the 8KCAB Decathlon, as well as the twin-engined Lancer. Champion was acquired in 1970 by Bellanca Aircraft Corporation, which continued to produce most of the Champion designs in production at the time of acquisition.

8KCAB Super Decathlon, built 2005 Champion 8kcab super decathlon g-ezpz arp.jpg
8KCAB Super Decathlon, built 2005

Aircraft

Champion, as the name suggests, was formed to produce the design which Aeronca had introduced in 1946 as the 7AC Champion. By the time Aeronca ceased production in 1951, they had advanced the design through the 7BCM, 7CCM, and 7DC, reaching the 7EC. It was this model with which Champion commenced production in 1954, giving it the name "Traveler" to go along with the alphanumeric model designation. (Champion assigned both alphanumeric designations and names to most of its designs.) Though there was a great variety, all of the aircraft which Champion introduced were in one way or another related to the original Aeronca design. Champion's aircraft, by date of FAA approval or Champion introduction are:

Model nameFirst flightNumber builtType
Champion 7EC Traveler Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7FC Tri-Traveler 472Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7GC Sky-Trac 171Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7HC DX'er 39Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7GCA Sky Trac 396Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7JC Tri-Con 25Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7GCB Challenger Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7KC Olympia 4Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7GCBA Challenger Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 402 Lancer 25-36Twin engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7ECA Citabria Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7GCAA Citabria Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7GCBC Citabria Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 7KCAB Citabria Single engine cabin monoplane
Champion 8KCAB Decathlon Single engine cabin monoplane


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