All about the immortal J-3 Piper Cub and L-4 Grasshopper, built by William Piper at Lock Haven, which evolved into the PA-11 Cub Special, PA-18 Super Cub, and the Legend Cub and other lookalikes of today
The Legend Cub company in Texas has come up with a new model, the Super Legend, which is to the standard model as the Piper PA-18 was to the J-3. Actually, the original Legend was rather like a modernized PA-18, though harder to land if you were flying solo. Even with some extra weight in the back seat, it seemed to want to nose over. That never happened to me, but it happened to three others at the same field, and finally the owner simply stopped renting it out. The Super Legend may have solved this problem: with flaps down, it has an incredible stall speed of 28 mph. Oh my....
Email from David Hourdequin: "Dan, enjoyed your "Tales". I am a late-blooming aviator. Soloed on my 71st birthday and got my Sport Pilot rating soon afterward followed by tailwheel and towered airfield endorsements. Now I'm finishing my second kit plane: first, a Skyraider II and currently a "clipped wing Highlander" that Just Aircraft likes to call an "Escapade". I feel quite inspired that you flew till you were nearly 80. I'll be 73 in August when I'm looking forward to some cross country flying in my own plane, 'Five Alpha Delta' until my time is up. We're never too old to enjoy and share the passions of our life. Thanks for living that out and writing about yours."
David is referring to my collection of Taildragger Tales: My Late-Blooming Romance with a Piper Cub and Her Younger Sisters, which I put together a couple years ago from the articles and essays I've written over the years -- my hapless first lessons, a week of aerobatics in Arizona, bush flying in New Jersey (yes! New Jersey), and cruising the New England countryside in Zero Six Hotel. The little e-book has caught on caught on lately with cubdrivers and would-be cubdrivers. It's available at Amazon stores worldwide - at the Apple iBooks Store - at Barnes & Noble - at Inktera - at Kobo - and at Scribd. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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