1973 Citabria

classic wings citabria

Classic Wings Citabria

Classic Wings Citabria

The Citabria was designed and initially produced by Champion Aircraft Corporation, and was a derivative of designs the company had been building since acquiring the 7-series Champ from Aeronca in 1954. The model 7ECA Citabria entered production at Champion in 1964. The 7GCAA and 7GCBC variants, added in 1965, were joined by the 7KCAB in 1968.  In 1970, Champion was acquired by Bellanca Aircraft Corporation, which continued production of all of the Champion-designed variants. Bellanca introduced two designs with close connections to the Citabria: The 8KCAB Decathlon and the 8GCBC Scout.

Production at Bellanca ended in 1980 and the company’s assets were liquidated in 1982.  The Citabria designs passed through the hands of a number of companies through the 1980s, including a Champion Aircraft Company which was no relation to the Champion Aircraft of the 1960s.  In that period, only one Citabria model was builtóa 7GCBC marketed as “Citabria 150S.”  American Champion Aircraft Corporation acquired the Citabria, Decathlon, and Scout designs in 1989 and returned the 7ECA, 7GCAA, and 7GCBC models to production over a period of years.

Design

The Citabria traces its lineage back to the Champ. The most noticeable external changes to the design are the Citabria’s squared-off rudder surface, wing tips, and rear windows. Like the Champ, the Citabria features tandem seating. The fuselage and tail surfaces are constructed of welded metal tubing. The outer
shape of the fuselage is created by a combination of wooden formers and longerons, covered with fabric.  The cross-section of the metal fuselage truss is triangular, a design feature which can be traced all the way back to the earliest Aeronca C-2 design of the late 1920s.

7GCBC, Citabria 150s, Citabria “C” Package, Citabria Explorer
Champion introduced the 7GCBC in 1965. It was substantially similar to the 7GCAA of the same year, with a Lycoming O-320-A2B engine of 150 horsepower (110 kW), wood-spar wings, and spring steel main gear legs. The major differences between these two models are that the 7GCBC has a wingspan of 34.5 feet (10.5 m), 1-foot (0.30 m) longer than the 7ECA and 7GCAA, and carries wing flaps. Bellanca continued production of the 7GCBC, calling it the Citabria “C” Package (a designation apparently begun by Champion)

classic wings citabria

General Characteristics

Crew: one
Capacity: one passenger
Length: 22 ft 9 in (6.93 m)
Wingspan: 33 ft 5 in (10.19 m)
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Wing area: 165 sq ft (15.3 m2)
Aspect ratio: 6.8:1
Airfoil: NACA 4412
Empty weight: 1,110 lb (503 kg)
Gross weight: 1,650 lb (748 kg)
Powerplant: 1 ◊ Lycoming O-320-A2B four cylinder, four-stroke, horizontally opposed aircraft engine, 150 hp (110 kW)
Performance
Cruise speed: 126 mph (109 kn; 203 km/h)
Stall speed: 51 mph (44 kn; 82 km/h)
Never exceed speed: 162 mph (141 kn; 261 km/h)
Range: 500 mi (434 nmi; 805 km)
Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,658 m)
G limits: +5/-2
Rate of climb: 1,120 ft/min (5.7 m/s)
Wing loading: 10.0 lb/sq ft (49 kg/m≤)

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