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There were a lot of two-seat taildraggers to choose from after World War II, including Piper J-3 Cubs, Taylorcrafts, Aeronca Champs, and Cessna 120s and 140s. There was also the Luscombe 8 series, with metal construction that seemed modern compared with many of its fabric-covered competitors.
Two design features that help the Luscombe stand out and might make it more appealing to certain pilots are its side-by-side seating and dual control sticks instead of yokes. Other aircraft in the category typically had one or the other, but not both features together. For people who like flying with a stick and sitting next to their passenger instead of in a front-back tandem arrangement, the Luscombe must have seemed just right.
This Luscombe 8A has 2,402 hours on the airframe and 1,138 hours on its Continental C-90-12F engine since overhaul. The engine is rated at 95 hp and is swinging a McCauly two-blade Model 1B90CM propeller. The panel includes a Narco AT 150, Narco Com 610, Sigtronics SPA-400 intercom, and uAvionix SkyBeacon ADS-B Out.
Pilots looking for the charm of a compact 1940s-era taildragger, but would prefer something a little different from the usual Cubs and Champs, should consider this 1949 Luscombe 8A, which is available on AircraftForSale.