This 1941 Aeronca Super Chief Is a Time-Traveling ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

The Chief was considered more of a mature airplane than the tandem-seat Champ.

The 1941 Aeronca Super Chief offered a bit more comfort than other two-seat taildraggers. [Courtesy: Hiller Aviation Consulting]

Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at daily.

Today’s Top Pick is a 1941 Aeronca 65CA Super Chief.

The Aeronca Chief reached the market just prior to the United States’ entry into World War II and was meant to offer buyers more comfort than the typical bare-bones light aircraft that proliferated at the time. While aircraft like its cousin, the Aeronca Champ, and rival, the Piper J-3 Cub, were aimed primarily at the trainer market, the Super Chief was meant more as a personal aircraft with added details like interior upgrades and toe brakes when many light airplanes had heel brakes.

This 1941 Aeronca has 2,298 hours on the airframe and 235 hours on the engine. The panel includes the basic VFR instruments that a pilot in 1941 would expect, such as an altimeter, tachometer, turn and slip indicator, and airspeed indicator. This aircraft is covered in Ceconite fabric from 1980 and has always been hangared. It has a 17-gallon fuel tank and the useful load is 463 pounds.

Pilots looking for a back-to-basics vintage tailwheel aircraft that can carry two people back in time to an era before airways and ADS-B should consider this Aeronca Super Chief, which is available for $31,900 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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