In need of light liaison aircraft, the United States Army ordered the first of what would eventually total more than 7,000 Piper Cub aircraft in 1941, which it designated L-4.  The airplane, known as the "Model T" of aviation, soon found itself used as an artillery spotter, ambulance, reconnaissance aircraft, and glider pilot trainer. 

Cubs flew for more than 16 nations.  In addition they were used by the then newly formed Civil Air Patrol as submarine patrol aircraft on both coasts.

The L-21B Super Cub, a model delivered in 1953, was a more powerful version of its predecessors, having a rating of 135 HP, compared to the L-4's 65 HP engine.  It also featured an improved fuel system, wing flaps, more instrumentation, and a higher gross weight.  568 L21's were acquired by the Army.

The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's L-21B was built for the Military Assistance Program of the early 1950's and was shipped to Italy for light liaison duties.  It was acquired through the Federal Surplus Property Program by the Museum in 1985.


Engine:  Lycoming 0-290  engine of 135 HP

Wing Span:  35 Feet, 3 Inches

Length: 22 Feet, 4.5 Inches

Height:  6 Feet, 8.5 Inches

Maximum Speed:  130 MPH

Normal Cruising Speed:  100 MPH

Normal Crew: 1 Pilot, 1 Observer

Range: 400 Miles


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