Piper PA-18 Super Cub

  • CountryUnited States of America
  • TypeTwo seat utility light aircraft
  • PowerplantsPA-18-95 - One 65kW (90hp) Continental C-90-12F or 8F flat four piston engine driving a two blade fixed pitch propeller. PA-18-150 - One 110kW (150hp) Lycoming O-320.
  • PerformancePA-18-95 - Max speed 180km/h (97kt), max cruising speed 161km/h (87kt). Initial rate of climb 710ft/min. Service ceiling 15,750ft. Max range with no reserves 580km (313nm). PA-18-150 - Max speed 210km/h (113kt), max cruising speed 185km/h (100kt), economical cruising speed 170km/h (90kt). Initial rate of climb 960ft/min. Service ceiling 19,000ft. Range at max cruising speed and no reserves 740km (400nm).
  • WeightsPA-18-95 - Empty 367kg (910lb), max takeoff 680kg (1500lb). PA-18-150 - Empty 429kg (946lb), max takeoff 794kg (1750lb).
  • DimentionsPA-18-95 - Wing span 10.73m (35ft 3in), length 6.83m (22ft 5in), height 2.02m (6ft 9in). Wing area 16.6m2 (178.5sq ft). PA-18-150 - Same except for length 6.88m (22ft 7in).
  • CapacityTypical seating for two in tandem.
  • ProductionAlmost 7500 Super Cubs (including 1700 military) built until 1981 when production originally ceased. Piper production for WTA between 1982 and 1988 totalled 250. Piper production between 1988 and 1994 approximately 100.

The Super Cub is one of Piper's best and perpetual airplane programs, with creation spreading over in excess of four decades.

The PA-18 Super Cub was a definitive advancement of Piper's unique airplane, the J-3 Cub (depicted independently). The four seat improvement of the Cub, the PA-14 Family Cruiser, was the premise for the Super Cub, yet the later contrasted in having seating for two in pair (as on the Cub), all metal wings and, in its starting structure, a 65kw (90hp) Continental C-90 in the PA-18-90 or a 80kw (108hp) Lycoming O-235 motor in the PA-18-105. The Super Cub flew without precedent for 1949, and certificate was honored on November 18 that year. The primary generation Super Cubs were conveyed from late 1949, the sort supplanting the PA-11 Cub Special on Piper's creation lines.

The 100kw (135hp) Lycoming O-290 fueled PA-18-135 showed up in 1952, while the complete 110kw (150hp) Lycoming O-320 controlled PA-18-150 was certificated on October 1 1954 and conveyed from the accompanying year.

The Super Cub stayed in generation with Piper through until 1981, when just about 7500 had been assembled over a continuous 32 year creation run. Flautist kept building Super Cubs in the interest of Texas based WTA who held the assembling and showcasing rights from 1981 until 1988. In 1988 Piper continued advertising obligation regarding the Super Cub and proceeded with low rate generation. Money related inconveniences implied that Super Cub generation stopped in 1992, preceding continuing afresh the accompanying year. At long last in late 1994 Piper published that the Super Cub would not structure part of its model line for 1995 and that it would stop creation after the final one of 24 on request for wholesaler Muncie Aviation were finished.

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