New England Air Museum
Piper J-3 'Cub'

 

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.

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Specifications

Length: 22' 4"
Wingspan: 35' 2"
Height: 6' 8"
Empty Weight: 670 lbs.
Gross Weight: 1,200 lbs.
Cruise Speed: 75 mph
Maximum Speed: 90 mph
Range: 200 mi.
Service Ceiling: 9,000'
Powerplant: Continental A-65-8F
Year: 1946
Serial No.: 5374
Registration: NC31091
Location: Civilian Hangar

 


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