Piper J-3 Cub





one Continental a65 flat-four piston engine rated at 48kW (65hp)


wingspan 10.73m (35ft 2.5in); length 6.78m (22ft 3in); height 2.03m (6ft 8in)


499kg (1100lb) maximum take-off weight


two seats total

The original designer of the Cub series was the Taylor Brother Aircraft Company, the first Cub flying in 1930. After the company's insolvency in 1937, the Taylor Cub was resurrected under the auspices of the Piper Aircraft Corporation. This simple high-wing monoplane (designated J-3) was then offered in a variety of tailskid, tail-wheel and float configurations with progressively more powerful engine options, and attracted thousands of orders in the pre-World War II America. The US Army realized the Cub's potential in an observer role; it was designated O-59A (later changed to L-4 Grasshopper) and went on to serve in communications, covert personnel-dropping and evacuation roles. Over 5700 were built. It saw widespread service in the US armed forces during World War II and after, and only the helicopter was more versatile. Piper, however, built the Cub largely for private customers and the total number of manufactured exceeds 14,000. In the postwar period the Cub was upgraded and renamed the J-4 Cub Coupe, changes including a larger wingspan, strengthening  of the fixed landing gear, and further powerplant changes. A total of 1250 Cub Coupe's were built. Specifications apply to the J-3C-65 Cub. (Excerpt from The Encyclopedia of Aircraft page 398)