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Elaine Huf (Pennsylvania)

Meet “Rudolph”, the Pink L-16A!

Elaine Huf’s  “Rudolph”

This  happy, 1947 Aeronca L16A belongs to Elaine C. Huf of Kingsley, Pennsylvania (Identifier PS50).  I got my private in 1968, and since then I have added Glider, Seaplane (in a 90hp Cub) and Instrument ratings.

I currently own and fly this 1947 Aeronca 7BCM (L-16A) that I purchased in 2002 (I fell in love with this airplane in 1976 when I flew Search & Rescue with the Civil Air Patrol); and a cute, pudgy 1941 Baby Stinson 10A that trained WWII pilots – designated as an L-9B.  My husband and I restored the L-16A in 2007-2008 to ALMOST the exact condition as new. . . . some “poetic license” was involved in the paint scheme.

Elaine Huf with Aeronca L-16

This airplane is a “kid magnet” wherever I land, and there are always youngsters under the wings at any show!

My L-16 was called “Rudolph” by the guys in the Army Air Corp. back in the 1950’s and it is actually in the logbook several places such as “Rudolph in for brakes” etc.

You gotta love Pink to fly this bird!!

Once You see Rudolph, you just don’t forget!

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Elaine also owns a fine looking 1941 Baby Stinson 10A.

“As I was walking past row after row of delightful antique and classic airplanes at Blakesburg, Iowa’s 2007 Fly-in, I came across a Stinson airplane I have never seen before.  It was a cute, chubby little thing – like someone stuck a Stinson 108 in the dryer.  Checking it out, I noticed a “for sale” sign on the prop. . . . must be a guy, I thought, as the sign was made from the back of a beer carton and it was duck-taped to the prop.  After one hop in the “Baby” Stinson, I was sold, and contacted the owner to fly it to our farm in PA.”

Elaine's Baby Stinson 10A

“This 1941 Baby Stinson 10A is the first of the Voyager series, seats 3 and has a 90 HP Franklin engine.  She was drafted in WWII, designated as an L-9B (Liaison Aircraft), carried a one-hundred-pound bomb and one is credited for sinking an enemy sub off our Eastern coast during the war.  Several of these L-9B’s went to France right out of the Stinson factory.  We decided to put the original Civil Defense logo on the fuselage and wings and my husband crafted a fake “bomb” out of balsa wood for display.  After the war this Baby Stinson flew charter for both SANTA FE AIR TRAILS and OZARK AIRLINES, and has flown Corporate Executives for the COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO. of Southeastern Arkansas.  What a life she has led!  The previous owner restored the Baby in 1986 and we did a top overhaul on the 90 hp Franklin Engine last year.  At 5 1/2 GPH she gives us a range of about 750 miles, cruising at 108 mph. . . .take off speed is 55 MPH and landing speed is a gentle 47 MPH.  The Baby is a fun airplane to fly, is pretty forgiving and tracks straight on the runway.  You have to  be mindful of the tail in your turns, but she is as sweet as she looks.  Out of the 760 manufactured, only a handful are flying today.  I feel pretty lucky to have this “Baby Bomber” in our hangar.”

Look hard – it’s a small picture!  Elaine with her favorite Stinson!

Of note, Elaine Huf comments that Ladies Love Taildraggers now has featured 3 gals that have a shared “history” of being published in Sparky Barnes Sargent’s book “A HUNGER FOR THE SKY”.  For more information please visit  \”A Hunger for the Sky\”.

Visit the following link to read Elaine’s article about her 2009 round-trip flight to Blakesburg.

BLAKESBURG 2009 by Elaine Huf

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Comments

  1. Sneha says:

    ‘Rudolph’ is absolutely gorgeous, Elaine! :)

  2. Elaine Huf says:

    Hi Mike and Cheryl,

    Unfortunately, Rudolph will never be for sale. I lost my heart to that sweet bird in 1976, the day we hung the engine in our Civil Air Patrol Squadron hangar. After numerous attempts to purchase the plane, I finally got it in 2002 (I don’t give up easily).

    I have been approached by others regarding the Breast Cancer Awareness cause but must decline – this airplane will be honoring the brave liaison pilots of WWII, Viet Nam and especially Korea. The Army used the L-16A and B’s in Korea (I have pictures) but switched over to the all-metal L-5 Sentinels and L-19 Cessna’s.

    But thanks for the comments and have fun with your Legend Cubby – what a neat airplane!

  3. Mike Hart says:

    We are looking for a L-16 to ad to our L-4 school. We wondered if your “Rudolph” might be “For sale” We are thinking that we would rent the aircraft in our fleet and because of the color, do a promotion in which we would donate a % of the rental income to National Breast Cancer Awareness. We would ask to put their Logo on the aircraft. We feel this would help a good cause and give excellent community PR for general aviation. Both are greatly needed. We saw your Champ at Sentimental Journey 2008 when we picked up our new Legend Cub N757LC

    Happy Flying – Mike & Cheryl Hart