Classic Aircraft Trivia

Monthly Archives: November 2012

Hello, aircraft fans! In this post, you’ll learn about one of the greatest aircraft of the Golden Age of Flight: the plane most commonly known as the Piper J-3 Cub.  Originally made by Taylorcraft, this aircraft was used by famous missionary Nate Saint, and, after much coaxing, the U.S. Army Air Corps (later known as the U.S. Air Force).


A splendid ground view of a Cub at the Boeing Field Museum in Seattle, Washington.

Versions were the J-3 Cub, O-59, L-4 Grasshopper, J-4 Cub Coupe, PA- 18 Super Cub, L-18, L-21, and the U-7.  The Super Cub was fastest, a top speed of 130 M.P.H. as opposed to 92 M.P.H of the J-3.  The PA-18 was as well longer, wider, and taller, as well as being able to fly higher and farther.  The J-3 Cub’s service ceiling was 12,000 feet, and the PA-18’s was 19,000 feet.  The base model Cub had a small range of 250 miles, but the larger and newer Super Cub could fly 460 miles, only 10 miles shorter than Britain’s Supermarine Spitfire Mark 5B of 1936.  Of course, it could fly at up to 374 M.P.H.


Another great yellow and black example of the Piper J-3 Cub, this one at WAAAM in Hood River, Oregon.

Though the Piper J-3 Cub had better success in the private field, used Piper PA-18 Super Cubs are still available today.  Some used origanal Cubs are for sale as well, but it is still possible to buy a PA-18 Super Cub for as much as a nice new car, in the $30,000-up range.  By the way, I might find myself owning one of these someday, in the far future.  The Cub did indeed see action in WWII.  Some were used for agricultural purposes.  Of all types, a total of over 27,400 were made.

Have a great day,


Hello, aircraft fans!  My name is Isaiah, and I am probably the biggest eleven-year-old airplane fan in the world.  I’m also probably one of the few eleven-year-olds who knows what the word “ubiquitous” means!  I started studying technical aircraft books when I was around six years old, and I have been to at least five of the most famous air plane museums in America.  Right now I probably have memorized all the facts and trivia of around three hundred or more aircraft.  People have been encouraging me to start an airplane blog so other people can enjoy what I have been learning, as well as to keep track of my air musuem travels.  This will be largely for airplane info, with occasional surprises.


Isaiah in front of Supermarine Spitfire

This blog is for the people interested in such things as the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels, both of America going abroad; the Snowbirds of Canada; and the Red Arrows of England.  It shall bring you information on famous aircraft from the past and present, and I hope will be helpful to everyone, especially the ones who want to become pilots.  These posts are all completely composed by me.  Please visit the contact page to find out more.

Have a great day!