Takeoff distance over 50ft (15m) obstacle: 730 ft | 223 m Landing distance over 50ft (15m) obstacle: 470 ft | 143 m
MEW (manufacturers empty weight): 290 kg | 639 lbs MTOW (maximum takeoff weight): 500 kg | 1102 lbs
Engine: Continental O-170 of 65 hp Fuel consumption: 20 litres / hr
Piper J-3 Cub is maybe one of the most famous aircraft in our times. It is truley a workhorse!
ln 1938 Piper introduced the improved J-3 Cub. Powered by 40-hp Continental, Lycoming or Franklin engines, the J-3 sold for $1,3OO. Engine horsepower was soon raised to fifty and reached sixty-five by 194O. Piper also standardized a color scheme; just as Henry Fords Model T's were all black so Wiliiam Piper's Cubs were all bright yellow with black trim.
By 1947, when production ended, 14,125 Piper Cubs had been built.
The J-3 is now finding an ever-increasing popularity among antique
airplane buffs, and brand new Cubs are being constructed by
homebuilders. Both an excellent trainer and a delightful sport
plane, which lends itself to lazy summer afternoons, the Cub might
best be summed up by the words simple, economical. and above
The high demand for J3 Cubs is because of three basic facts:
they are very nostalgic, they are lots of fun, they are cute as a bug.
(But this has caused a high market demand which has driven the cost
for a nice J3 out of sight for the average person).
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The story of the J-3 began in the late 192Os with C. Gilbert and Gordon Taylor, partners in the very small Taylor Brothers Aircraft Company of Rochester, New York. Onetime barnstormers, the brothers had designed and were attempting to market a two-seat monoplane called the Chummy, when Gordon Taylor was killed in a crash. <p> Gilbert Taylor, who believed there would be a growing market for light planes, moved in 1929 to Bradford, Pennsylvania, where community leaders were anxious to promote new local industries. The Bradford Board of Commerce provided $5O,OOO to capitalize the new Taylor company, which built five Chummys before the Great Depression put a halt to construction.
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