The Piper Cub is one of General Aviation's most famous and classic aircraft. Initially manufactured between 1938 and 1947, more than 20,000 aircraft were built. Originally powered by a 40 horsepower Continental Flat 4 piston engine that drove a fixed pitch propeller, it was designed and appreciated for its simplicity and ease of flying. The Cub is constructed utilizing a welded steel frame with a fabric outer skin and can seat two passengers in a fore and aft position.
While production of the Cub started in the mid-1930s in Bradford, Pennsylvania as the J-2 version, the later and improved J-3 model was manufactured in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and sold for $1,000.
Many Piper J-3s were manufactured as the L-4 type military variant of the J-3 and were used to train civilians to assist during WWII. The L-4s also served in the Korean War along with different roles in the early 1950s, noting that both J-3s and L-4s have operated in military and civilian roles in countries worldwide. Post war production saw limited numbers of J-3s manufactured in Canada, Denmark, and Argentina.
To keep the tradition of the Piper Cub alive, Cub Crafters of Yakima, Washington and American Legend Aircraft of Sulphur Springs, Texas manufacture modernized and refined versions of original Cubs under various designations.