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Piper J-3 Cub

Piper Cub

What is there to say about the legendary Piper Cub? It became so well-known that it is practically a generic term for 'small aircraft'. Thousands of pilots learned to fly in Cubs, and it was produced in various models for decades. The Museum has a 1940 Piper J-3 that is being restored. Most of the structure is complete, and it lacks mainly the control hookups and cockpit work to be flyable. We hope to see it fly soon!


Update - December 31, 2002

Piper Cub Cockpit

After a long hiatus, the Cub project is advancing again. The interior has been fitted, the controls are hooked up, and we're down to a bunch of niggling details. With luck, it will be flying by spring, just in time to enjoy that classic warm-weather, open-door, only-from-a-Cub kind of flying!

Notice the very well-equipped instrument panel. We've got instruments that go beyond the minimum requirements! (Hint: The climb-rate indicator (second large instrument from the right) is not actually required for day VFR flight).

In addition to the Cub shown above, the Museum has two more projects waiting for their turn. In the picture below, the nearer fuselage with the red boot cowl is a Piper J-4 Cub Coupe, and the farther fuselage with a yellow boot cowl is another J-3. The J-4 was a side-by-side seating version of the Cub, instead of the J-3's tandem seating.

Cub project fuselages

Web Information about Piper Cubs

As might be expected, the Web is full of information about one of the most popular airplanes of all time. Let's start with the Piper Cub Forum, which is itself full of interesting links. Another interesting Cub site has a history of the aircraft from its original design by Gilbert Taylor. These should be enough to get you started, and if that's not enough then simply search for more!