Piper J-3 Cub
Developed from the Taylor E-2 Cub and Taylor/Piper J-2 Cub, the J-3 Cub enjoyed tremendous success. Almost 20,000 were manufactured by Piper Aircraft in the USA from 1938 to 1947 in Lock Haven, PA. They also manufactured 150 in Canada and 253 variant “glider” versions. It was designed as a trainer, but its pleasant flying characteristics are enjoyed by the most accomplished pilots. During WWII a variant of the J-3 designated the L-4 “Grasshopper” was developed, which had most of the fabric from around the rear cockpit replaced by windows to increase visibility for the pilot and passenger for military observation. From the J-3, the airplane evolved through the Piper PA-11, into the PA-18 Super Cub. In tribute to the design, several contemporary versions are available using updated materials and construction.
The Cub based at Old Rhinebeck is privately owned and goes by the name of “Hazel Mae.” She flies (sometimes upside-down) in the Sunday air show.