Used Aircraft Guide

November 2011 Issue

Used Aircraft Guide: Piper Super Cub

After 60 years, it’s still the top dog for outback flyin’ and fishin’. And, unlike other airplanes, it has held its value in a down market.

While Alaska’s official bird is a pretty two-tone number called the Willow Ptarmigan, the state bird that works for a living is the Piper Super Cub. For reasons related to perfect timing, a marriage of the right powerplant to a robust airframe and sheer, stubborn staying power, the Super Cub has earned what seems to be a permanent home in bush community. Other aircraft can arguably outdo the Cub in payload capability, speed and cabin space, but the Super Cub simply holds its own in an economic combination of all three that’s hard to beat. And we’re told there’s more than one Super Cub beating around the bush with only one original part: the aircraft data plate.

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