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Piper J-3 'Cub'
Gift of the George J. Toper Estate
The "Cub" is one of the most popular, influential and enduring light aircraft ever produced. Its basic design sired a large family of light planes. Introduced in 1938, it was low-cost, easy and economical to fly, and could operate from short, unimproved airfields. With a price of $1,325, the Cub quickly became a top seller in the private plane market.
Originally designed for civilian sport and instruction, it also proved itself in wartime with the U.S. Army as the L-4 "Grasshopper" by serving as a liaison, spotter, ambulance and occasionally as a combatant.
This example was built in 1946 when over 6,000 were built which is a record for the most civilian aircraft of one type manufactured in a single year. In 1947, the post-war boom died out and production of the J-3 model ended. A total of 14,125 had been built, more than any private plane model ever.