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1944 Piper L-4 “Grasshopper”

SN – 12891 • FAA REG – N1406V

Built On the Piper J-3 Club

The Piper J-3 Cub is an American light aircraft that was built between 1938 and 1947 by Piper Aircraft. The aircraft has a simple, lightweight design which gives it good low-speed handling properties and short-field performance. The Cub is Piper Aircraft’s most-produced model, with nearly 20,000 built in the United States. Its simplicity, affordability, and popularity invokes comparisons to the Ford Model T automobile.

The aircraft is a high-wing, strut-braced monoplane with a large-area rectangular wing. It is most often powered by an air-cooled, flat-4 piston engine driving a fixed-pitch propeller. Its fuselage is a welded steel frame covered in fabric, seating two people in tandem. The Cub was designed as a trainer. It had great popularity in this role and as a general aviation aircraft. Due to its performance, it was well suited for a variety of military uses such as reconnaissance, liaison, and ground control. It was produced in large numbers during World War II as the L-4 Grasshopper. Many Cubs are still flying today. Cubs are highly prized as bush aircraft. The aircraft’s standard chrome yellow paint came to be known as “Cub Yellow” or “Lock Haven Yellow”.

1944 Cessna L-4 Grasshopper


Dimensions & Capacity

Crew: 2 – 1 Pilot & 1 Passenger
Length: 22 ft 5 in (6.83 m)
Wingspan: 35 ft 3 in (10.74 m)
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Empty Weight: 765 lb (345 kg)
Max Take Off Weight: 1,220 lb (550 kg)


Speed: 76 kn (87 mph, 140 km/h)
Service Ceiling: 11,500 ft (3,500 m)
Range: 191 nmi (220 mi, 354 km)

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