L-3B Grasshopper

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Military History


The Aeronca L-3B Grasshopper is a two-seat tandem observation and liaison aircraft used by the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II for transport duties, spotting activities, directing artillery fire, and short range reconnaissance.

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L-3B - Constr #: O58B 3432 - Serial No: 42-36317 (U.S. Army Air Force)

The known history of this aircraft is listed below.

Date Squadron Squadron Name Location
1942 Jun 13 Manufactured   Middletown, OH
1942 Jun 25 Delivered Used as Primary
Trainer for glider
pilots
Sooner Aviation,
Ocmulgee, OK
1943 Sep 10 Declared Surplus   WTS (War Training Service)
1944 Mar 21   1,038 Hrs Flown Bernard N. Pietenpol (Civilian),
Spring Valley, MN
1953     Melvin Simonson,
Boyceville, WI
1963     Reuban Zahler,
Verona, WI
1989     Jeffery Hill, Sr.,
Woodstock, IL
         Restored to factory condition
         First Flight 1999
             Damaged in hangar collapse
             one week later....
         Restored to factory condition
         First Flight 2000
2017 Jan     Warbird Heritage Foundation