I am having trouble finding specs for the 26HP engine. the specs say 26-30HP sometimes but quote the speeds for the 30HP or the 36HP. Almost none were built with 26hp and most had either 30HP or 36HP.

I found one spec sheet that *might* be at 26hp that quotes a top level speed of 75mph but the climb rate is very low. I think this is just a little heavy at 406lbs empty 700lbs gross for 26hp.

Plans for the Le Pelican may still be available. Pretty much a modern version of the 30's Aeronca C2 Did ok with18Hp With target 26hp - should easily break your 63mph.

Engine: Briggs & Stratton, 18 hp at 3600 rpm

Empty weight 210lb, 95kg

Max take-off weight 450lb, 204kg

Payload 240lb, 109 kg

Max level speed 60 mph, 97 kph

Max cruising speed 55 mph, 88 kph

Wing span 37.0ft, 11.28m

Total wing area 140 sq.ft, 13.0 sq.m

Stalling speed 26 mph, 42 kph

Max climb rate at sea level 500 ft/min, 2.5 m/s

Min sink rate 250 ft/min at 30 mph, 1.3 in/s at 48 kph

Best glide ratio with power off 13/1 at 35 mph, 56kph

Take-off distance 150ft, 45m

Range at average cruising speed 104 mile,

Found the C-2 FAA type certificate - Also listed as approved LSA plane

26hp given for engine

Three weights given - 675 as C-2 standard so guessing at least that would be 26hp model