Finished model - wingspan 17.7cm.
The Piper J-3 Cub, the best-known light plane of all time,
became the Model T of aviation. Built by the thousands for both civilian
and military use, the J-3 has been flying since prewar 1938. By December
1941, one-third of all the airplanes in America, and nearly two-thirds of
all the light planes, were Piper Cubs.
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A REAL Piper J-3 Cub
Buying a real Piper Cub
The model that's still considered the generic general aviation airplane
by many non-pilots still has an enormous attraction to pilots, as well.
In fact, it's so popular, it has taken on classic status and assumed a price
tag out of all proportion to its talents. Today, sharp J-3s start at around
$20,000 and, if you must have a show-stopper, expect to pay $30,000 or more.
Cub downs Messerschmitt Bf-109
During World War II, some Piper Cubs were equipped with rockets. One even
was credited with downing a Messerschmitt Bf-109 that was chasing the Cub
which could turn on a dime and the German couldn't. In spite of wartime
heroics, the 'Cub' will always be remembered as the airplane that gave wings
to thousands of pilots all over the world.
A Cub brings a message to Major General Innes P. Swift, commander of the
U. S. 1st Cavalry Brigade. Apparently the old warrior could understand horses
and even tanks in a pinch, but what the hell, he thought, is the U. S. Army
doing messing around with airplanes, and pretty flimsy-looking ones at that?
So to the pilot he growled: "You looked just like a damn grasshopper
when you landed that thing out there in those boondocks."
"Grasshoppers" they remained to him from then on, and eventually
the U. S. Army capitulated and called them Grasshoppers, too.
World War II brought new orders for the J-3. painted in olive drab and redesigned
the L-4, for the army artillery spotting and liaison. Besides that workhorse
task, the L-4s served as transports for Generals Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley,
Clark and others. They landed on beachheads and back roads, in pastures
and plowed fields, and gave the ground forces a degree of communication
they never had before.