PIPER Super Cub

Global Aviator|May 2020

PIPER Super Cub
Back in 1930 CG Taylor had orders from the Piper company treasurer to design an aircraft that would be inexpensive to buy, cheap to maintain, and easy to fly. The Piper Taylor E-2 Cub was born.
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A 1937 derivative of Taylor’s original, the E-2 Cub had modest performance even in its heyday. It was a cloth-covered tandem-seater with a metal-tube frame and 65 horsepower engine. Cruise speed was a modest 120kmph, it climbed at 137mpm, and had a range of 322km, was durable, easy to fly, cheap to operate, and inexpensive. By 1947 when production stopped, Piper had sold 14 125 Cubs.

As Piper became more sophisticated and especially following World War II, the company found that the name was associated with the image of a small, two-seater airplane and this was hardly suitable for a company that would soon produce its first light twin, the Apache.

Subsequently, the Cub was largely ignored but then along came a high-winged, fabric-skinned tandem-seater, the Super Cub was often referred to as the ultimate back-country aircraft that could land and take off where other aircraft couldn’t. Excellent low-speed performance, reliability and versatility were its trademarks.

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