Piper Super Cub


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Lycoming O-320
150 h.p.
22 ft. 4 in..
35 ft. 2 in.
980 lbs.
1,750 lbs.
36 U.S. gals.
287 lbs.
115 mph
130 mph
950 fpm
19,000 feet
460 miles

Piper Super Cub

Piper Super Cub

Production of the Piper Super Cub, officially PA-18, began in 1949 and continued until 1991. Today many are still in use flying from remote airfields as bush aircraft, for spraying crops, as trainers, glider and banner tugs, and in general aviation.

Piper Super Cub aircraft have been equipped with skis and floats and are used by police and government agencies around the world for a number of functions including enforcement and patrol duties.

Although resembling their predecessors, Piper Super Cub aircraft are different. Above all, the engine has more than double the power.

The aircraft have more interior space, larger, higher, more comfortable seats, and better visibility from the cockpit. The aircraft are designed to be piloted from the front of their tandem seats.

Piper Super Cub aircraft received improvements throughout their production run.  Notable changes were:

1955 - Piper Super Cub gets new engine with 35 more hp.

1961 - Available aft fuselage strengthened and metal belly pan.

1965 - Fuselage construction uses heli-arc welding, and 4130 steel tubing. Metal in wings is treated with zinc chromate to fight corrosion.

1971 - More durable Dacron is used as aircraft covering, replacing cotton.

1976 - Electric instrument fuel gauge.

1977 - A 60 Amp alternator replaces the DC generator.

1978 - Cleveland brakes replacing heel brakes. Metal ailerons instead of fabric covered.

Over 8,000 Piper Super Cub aircraft were produced before production ended in 1991.

Piper Super Cub - Roets

Piper Super Cub

The Piper Super Cub by Roets Aero Model Design, Pretoria, RSA has a 16 foot wingspan and a 10 1/2 foot length. It is of all wood construction and needs from 100 cc to 150 cc engine power. Flying weight should be between 65 lbs. and 70 lbs.
Piper Super Cub - E-flite
Piper Super Cub
The Piper Super Cub from E-flite has a 68 in. wingspan and a length of 45 1/2 in.  It is an ARF with all wood construction that has working flaps.  It can be powered by a 25 to 32 size motor and should weigh around 6 lbs. ready to fly.

Joe Foley wrote this review of his E-flite Piper Super Cub:

"You can't go wrong with the Piper Super Cub from E-Flite. It comes almost ready to fly with an easy to follow instruction manual, so I'll just touch on some of the assembly highlights.

The box that the Piper Super Cub arrives in is nice and sturdy, able to handle most shipping abuses. All the enclosed parts are well secured and the smaller pieces come in a bag or enclosed box.

The Piper Super Cub is impressive just sitting in its colorful box. You can see the quality of its workmanship before your final assembly.

I really appreciate good landing gear which are able to absorb some of my not so good landings. The E-flite Piper Super Cub does not disappoint. The landing gear is very well built and is easy to install.

The Piper Super Cub comes with an adjustable motor mount. The engine cowl is magnetized and once you line it up it will go right into place.

The tail of the Piper Super Cub is easy to install and secure into place. All the control horn holes are pre-drilled for you.

The wings slide together on aluminum tubing. Struts are a snap to install.

Just a reminder for every airplane you build. Don't forget to check both the c/g fore and aft, plus laterally. You may be surprised if one of your Piper Super Cub wings weighs a bit more than the other. Better to find it out before the first flight.

Flying the Piper Super Cub is fantastic. With such a light wing loading, it gets into the air quickly. I like to get it up "two mistakes high" while raising the nose and throttling back to see just how slow it will go before stalling. The Piper Super Cub will slow to walking speed. And what is especially nice is that it just stalls straight ahead without dropping a wing. All that's needed to get it flying is to keep the nose down and give it a little power until it gets back to flying speed.

What surprised me is that the Piper Super Cub will get around at a lot faster than scale-speeds if you give it full throttle. It can do some pretty amazing zoom climbs, too. When you get to the top of the climb, you can chop the throttle and try getting into flat spins or tumbles. If you set up the Piper Super Cub with a little rearward c/g you will find that it can do some pretty amazing aerobatics.

With a plane like the Piper Super Cub, landings are easy. You really don't need to use flaps, except to impress your friends. Just be sure to keep the landing speed up a bit until you get used to how much the flaps bleed off speed. Happy flying!" - Joe

We want to thank Joe very much for his excellent review.