Piper J3-C-65 “Cub”

Piper J3-C-65 “Cub” at the New England Air Museum


Type:   Trainer/light aircraft
Crew:   1
Capacity:   1 passenger
Length:   22' 4”
Height:   6' 8”
Wingspan:   35' 2”
Rotor Diameter:   
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:   1941
Serial No.:   5374
Registration:   NC31091
Location:   Civil Hangar

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 1941 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 J3 model ended. A total nearly 20,000 had been built, more than any private plane model ever.

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