March 2011 Issue
Three Cubs: New LSAs vs. the J-3
This thought experiment is irresistible: What if the clock were wound back 50 years and William T. Piper got a look at the modern crop of light sport airplanes that bear the name of his beloved Cub? Would he be pleased? Our guess is that he would not be, although Walter Jamouneau would be. Jamouneau was the engineer responsible for improving the Taylor E-2 and evolving it, eventually, into the J-3. Itís not that Piper was a purist and would be offended by what the likes of Legend and Cub Crafters have done to his classic everymanís airplane. Itís because Piper was, above all else, a salesman and in his day, the $1325 price was what would make the thing sell (and did) and thus become the iconic conception of light aircraft.
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