The Aeronca Champ first flew in 1944, and entered production in 1945. As an economical postwar
rival to the Piper Cub. The Aeronca Model 7 Champion was commonly known as the "Champ", or
"Airknocker". The Champ was popular with training schools who were training veterans returning
from World War II, by the thousands. The years after World War II also brought down many barriers
for women. These newly emancipated women also choose the easy to fly Champ as their first flying vehicle.
The original model 7AC Champion initially sold by the thousands, peaking in 1946, as Aeronca
Aircraft Corporation developed the highest-volume production line in general aviation. Between
1946 and 1947, Aeronca was producing an average 30 light aircraft per day (peaking at 50 per day
at one point). By the time production ended in 1951, the company had sold more than 8,000 Champions.