“Restored fuselage only using Air Tech STC, includes engine mount and rudder, no FWF. No engine.

Item specifics Condition: Seller Notes:
“Restored fuselage only using Air Tech STC, includes engine mount and rudder, no FWF. No engine, cowlings or prop. Some small amount of work still to be done on fuselage, needs windshield and fuel tanks plumbed,brakes hooked up etc. Missing some instruments. No wings, struts or any other components or parts are included in this auction.No radios or other military equipment are included.”
Make: Aeronca Model Year: 1942
You are bidding on a Aeronca O-58A Fuselage/Project that includes rudder, both main and header tank, landing gear, tail wheel and engine mount. All glass including greenhouse are installed except the windshield. Fuselage comes with logs, data plates and has current registration and air worthiness certificate. Also included are many factory drawings, full set of manuals, some original, two years of research documents and some memorabilia. Included with the research documents are photos of one famous pilot who flew this aircraft while in training at Pittsburg, Kansas Liaison School. We have hundreds of restoration photos available taken over the past two and 1/2 years during the restoration.
No radios are other military equipment are included, all have been sold.
No FWF engine, prop or cowlings are included. The wings, tail surfaces and ailerons are all being sold separately here on ebay.
The fuselage has been restored and covered with the Air Tech STC (thru primer) top coat is Poly Fiber full flat Aerothanme color matched to our WW II fabric sample of Dark OIlive Drab #41. The cost of the raw materials alone to refurbish this fuselage were nearly $5,000 not including the 1,000 man hours involved. The insignia blue and white were custom mixed from WW II color cards. All new wood, new rudder cables and upholstery. Per the factory drawings we have matched the interior fabric to a 1940s Automobile upholstery fabric sample book.
If you are currently working on an incomplete L-3 project this is your chance to use your existing components to complete this extremely rare O-58A instead of the more common L-3B and C aircraft. The aircraft is no longer being offered as a nearly complete project and buyers will have to bid on each component as listed here on ebay.

Aeronca O-58A N49087

Army Serial No. 42-7796, Aeronca Serial No. 42-7796

Date built 11/15/1941, Date Accepted US Army 11/18/1941

Army Flight Time 756 hrs, Total Time 1,138 hrs

In Storage since 10/21/1954

42-7796 is one of only two O-58A aircraft that still survive of the twenty built by Aeronca and delivered to the Army November of 1941 a few weeks before Pearl Harbor. The other O-58A 42-7798 was heavily damaged in a crash in 2011. 42-7796 will be the only airworthy example left in the world when completed. Records show that Ft. Rucker has in storage a O-58A but we visited the museum storage facility and the aircraft they have is a TC painted with tail # 7798 and is a replica. No O-58A aircraft are known to exist in any museums.

The O-58A differs from later L-3 aircraft in that it is the only Aeronca ever built where the factory used the military serial # as the Aeronca factory number. It has a different welded frame, is lighter by 40 lbs, was equipped with Learadios (not RCA) and had a large overhead greenhouse structure of Spruce not steel. The O-58A had metal ribs, leading edges, and instrument panel while later B and C models had all wood wings and wood panel. The O-58A has front brakes only and was not equipped with a rear throttle when it left the factory. The elevator trim is located on the upper left side of the cockpit. Initially the Learadios were mounted on the left hand window sill frame where the rear throttle would have been. A brace bolted to the pilot seat supported a tray hooked to welded tabs on the window frame. 42-7796 still has those welded lugs on the window frame and the welded bolt holes on the pilot seat frame.

During 1942 several O-58A aircraft were converted to L-3A configuration, rear throttles were added in the field by clamping on a support. The addition of the rear throttle required relocation of the radios in the same locations as the L-4A aircraft with the transmitter on a rear baggage shelf and the receiver on the floor between the pilots legs. Early L-3B aircraft also mounted one of the RCA radios to the front floorboard. The field installation of the rear throttle was not recessed in the same fashion as the factory installed welded mount and the throttle rod was exposed between the rear and front throttles.

We have restored 42-7796 as she appeared the Spring of 1942, the red center has been removed from the insignia, along with the US Army on the wings. The 109th Observation Squadron Markings remain on the vertical fin, the 24 stands for aircraft #24 of the 109th OBS. Yellow radio call numbers were not painted on O-58 aircraft till 1943.

Aircraft History

42-7796 last flew 10/21/1954 and was then disassembled and placed in storage with a total airframe time of 1,138 hours. We have complete records including all original logbooks from the day she left the Army . The first civilian logbook entry shows time flown in military service is 756 hrs brought forward from AAF form 1A. We also have a large collection of original documents that came with the aircraft including registration forms from 1945, 337s and other documents.

Military History O-58A 42-7796

We spent two years fully researching the history of 42-7796 and have retrieved the aircraft card, along with locations and units served with. We have flight reports from the assignment at the Liaison Pilot Training School in Pittsburg Kansas as well as pilot Bios , and photographs.

42-7796 was delivered to the 109th Observation Squadron, 67th Observation Group 11/18/1941 a few weeks before Pearl Harbor. The aircraft flew with the 109th during the Carolina Maneuvers Nov/Dec 1941. The aircraft also flew out of Esler Field, Camp Beauregard La. while with the 109th. 42-7796 remained with the 109th OBS from January 1942 thru June 5th, 1942 when the 109th began preparations for deployment to England. During the first half of 1942 while with the 109th, 42-7796 flew anti submarine patrols along the Eastern Coastline and Gulf coast. 42-7796 was transferred to Pittsburg, Kansas June 5th, 1942 initially to the Glider Pilot School there which was changed over to the Liaison Pilot Training School January, 1943. 42-7796 remained at Pittsburg thru 1943 and early 1944. The training school was shut down in 1944 and 42-7796 was sold as surplus January 8th, 1945.

Col. Robert J. Low

US Army 1941 - 1963, 0-1166547

Colonel Low flew 42-7796 several times during the summer and early fall of 1943 while in training for his Liaison Pilots wings at Pittsburg Kansas. He graduated in class P-44-II with a stage B grade of 92 and no accidents. Col. Low went on to fly in both the European and Pacific theaters and later the Korean War. For five days in 1950 during the US Marine retreat from the Chosin Reservoir Col. Low made repeated flights in to makeshift icy airstrips to evacuate wounded, for these actions he was awarded the Silver Star. Col. Low later became a helicopter pilot and taught air tactics at the Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth Kansas. He also helped develop the helicopter doctrine used by the 1ST Air Calvary Division in Vietnam. During his service he received two awards of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, and seven awards of the Air Medal. He passed away in 2001 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Leonard Bolton

US Army WW II and Korea 0-1183243

Leonard Bolton flew 42-7796 several times during the summer and Fall of 1943 while in training for his Liaison Pilots Wings at Pittsburg Kansas. While in training he nosed 42-7796 over landing in tall grass on a cross country to Carthage MO. The only damage sustained to 42-7796 was a dented cowling, broken prop and damaged airbox. After graduation from Pittsburg, Bolton went on to fly Piper L-4 aircraft in the Philippines. Later during the Korean War he became a personal pilot for General Douglas MacArthur. Boltons daughter, Author Joanna Bolton has provided several WW II and Korean photos of her father and Mother including one of her Mother posing with a O-58A tail # unknown.

Current date: 2015-01-21