Everyone recognizes a ‚Piper‘ right away. Almost all air sports clubs use one of these uncomplicated and elegant machines. MaxFlite thinks that the windmill Piper PA-18 Super Cub will find as many friends as the legendary original aircraft.
She is the epitome of the reliable workhorse and training aircraft. Derived from the predecessor Piper J-3, it had its maiden flight in 1949. As a result, over 10,300 pieces were then produced. As a braced high-wing aircraft with a large tandem canopy, it allows the pilot an excellent all-round view while cruising comfortably. The Piper can be used in many different ways, e.g. as a glider tow plane, with floats for water landings, with skis for use in snow or as a banner tow plane with an advertising message.
As a pinwheel aircraft, the Piper is the ideal gift for aviation enthusiasts. All the essential details of the garden wind spinner have been taken over from the original. There is of course the detailed landing gear including wheels, the struts at tailplane and wings and much more. Of course, all sides including the underside are printed in high quality.[Wingspan: 90cm; Length: 66cm; weight approx. 2400g; Height of pole 140 cm; ground screw sold separately; Propeller diameter: 28 cm]
- The original maxFlite wind spinner aircraft is the French registered Piper PA-18 Super Cub with the registration F-Hoby. The neat original has an attractive grey-yellow paintwork. Originally she was on the road in Slovenia under the identification S5-DBF.
- One of the secrets of the success of the original Piper is the simple structure: covered tubular steel fuselage, wing with a straight underside, horizontal and vertical stabilizers are flat plates (just like the windmill piper), chassis made of tubular steel with elastic springs. A solid basic concept for which there are many versions.
- The Piper gave rise to many similarly designed aircraft: Husky, Carbon Cub, Aeronca, Interstate Cadet, Tulak, Savage, Rans S-7, Legend and many more.
- Early in World War II, the Super Cub was used as a reconnaissance, medical and liaison aircraft by the US Army.
- From 1955, the German Federal Air Force used 40 machines to train military pilots.
- The legendary predecessor of the Super Cub was the Piper J-3. It still had the distinctive engine cylinders protruding from the bonnet on the left and right. In the case of the Piper Super Cub, more powerful engines were then used under a fully paneled hood. In addition, a surface structure made of metal and landing flaps.
- Around 20,000 examples of the Piper J-3 were made between 1938 and 1947. Because it helped to spread airplanes to a wide audience, it is often compared to the Ford Model T.