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  Originally made by Taylorcraft, this aircraft was used by famous missionary Nate Saint, and, after much coaxing, the U.S. Army Air Corps (later known as the U.S. Air Force).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,