The Piper Cub in Photos

The Piper Cub, an aviation icon, turns 75.

The Piper Cub in Photos
The Piper Cub in Photos
Introduced 75 years ago, the J-3 established the idea of a simple, inexpensive and easy-to-fly trainer. In the 1940s and 1950s, more pilots learned to fly in J-3 Cubs than any other model. _(Photos by Jim Koepnick)**
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Piper Cub
Piper Cub
Many pilots know the joy, and challenge, of making a perfect three-point landing in the Piper Cub, widely considered one of the greatest trainers ever made.
Taylor E-2 Cub
Taylor E-2 Cub
After 50 years in storage, this rare Taylor E-2 Cub underwent meticulous restoration to flying condition at the Golden Age Air Museum in Bethel, Pennsylvania.
Piper Cub
Piper Cub
For the Cub, C.G. Taylor chose a wing shape developed by the Army and wind-tunnel-tested by the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics. Known as the USA-35B airfoil, it produced lots of lift and had good low-speed characteristics, giving the J-3 its legendary handling traits.
Piper Super Cub
Piper Super Cub
Piper introduced the Super Cub in 1949.
Piper Cub
Piper Cub
There’s nothing quite like the view out the open door of a Piper Cub. This image was captured in a 1938 J-3 over Maryland’s Fallston Air Park with a GoPro HD camera.
Piper Cub
Piper Cub
The black piston jugs protruding from the yellow cowl are a signature design element of the J-3 Cub, which most often flew with the venerable Continental A-65.
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