Introduced in 1949 by Piper Aircraft, it was developed from the Piper PA-11, and traces its lineage back through the J-3 to the Taylor E-2 Cub of the 1930s. In close to 40 years of production, over 9,000 were built. Super Cubs are commonly found in roles such as bush flying, banner and glider towing; this airplane was owned by Maine’s Flying Farmer, Robert Weymouth.
The Super Cub was based on the design of the earlier Cubs, with the addition of an electrical system, flaps, and a more powerful engine. The “standard” Super Cub was fitted with a 150 horsepower Lycoming engine. The high-lift wing and powerful engine made the Super Cub a prime candidate for conversion to either floatplane or skiplane. In addition, the PA-18A (an agricultural version) was produced for applying either dry chemical or liquid spray.The Super Cub retained the basic fabric covered steel tube frame of the earlier J-3 Cub. The Super Cub is renowned for its ability to take off and land in very short distances.
Dimensions and Specifications:
Length: 22 ft 7 in (6.88 m) Wingspan: 35 ft 2½ in (10.73 m) Height: 6 ft 8½ in (2.02 m) Wing area: 178.5 sq ft (16.58 m²) Empty weight: 930 lb (422 kg) Max. takeoff weight: 1,750 lb (794 kg) Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-320 air-cooled flat four, 150 hp (112 kW) Performance
Never exceed speed: 132 knots (246 km/h, 153 mph) Maximum speed: 113 knots (208 km/h, 130 mph) at sea level Cruise speed: 100 kts (185 km/h, 115 mph) (75% power) Stall speed: 38 knots (69 km/h, 43 mph) flaps down Range: 399 nmi (735 km, 460 mi) Service ceiling: 19,000 ft (5,595 m)