Piper PA-18 Super Cub. Specifications. A photo
Piper PA-18 Super Cub. Specifications. A photo

Piper PA-18 Super Cub. Specifications. A photo


Piper PA-18 Super Cub - American double of light-aircraft, manufactured by the American aircraft manufacturer Piper Aircraft Corporation to 1949 years. In the entire history of Piper Aircraft, this model has become one of the most mass-produced.


Photo Piper PA-18 Super Cub


Development of the aircraft Piper PA-18 Super Cub were based on the model Piper PA-11But current variation is to get the most improvement, and therefore the production cycle of the aircraft consisted of two periods - from the 1949 1983 on year, and by 1983 1994 year.

Despite the fact that, as before the plane was a double model aircraft design has changed a bit and moved away from the usual. A more streamlined shape, an improved wing shape, robust structure of the fuselage - it all perfectly combined with each other.


Piper PA-18 Super Cub photo


Power plant Piper PA-18 Super Cub presented piston aircraft engine four-cylinder Continental C-90-8F, 95 power in hp, which provided the aircraft an acceptable speed. In subsequent versions aircraft manufacturers have used a much more powerful engines that maximize the operating efficiency of the aircraft.

Like the previous model, small-engine aircraft Piper PA-18 Super Cub was a multi-purpose, however, is the quality of its oriented exclusively on the use of private owners, while as the market providing passenger transportation services required roomy aircraft, allowing to travel long distances. However, due to the low price, these aircraft are very popular among customers, in connection with which a sufficiently long production cycle was organized.


Piper PA-18 Super Cub


One of the initial problems model Piper PA-18 Super Cub was the low weight of the aircraft, which in turn made it difficult to control the aircraft with unstable or headwind, however, in the future, the aircraft design has been optimized, the aircraft weight increased, so that which existed previously the problem was resolved.

In addition to the basic production version Piper PA-18 Super Cub, of Piper Aircraft Corporation engineers have also been developed and modifications, differing mainly improves flight performance.

Modification of the Piper PA-18-105 Super Cub, unlike the basic version has a new piston four-cylinder engine Lycoming O-235-C1 capacity of 105 hp and improved tail section that stabilized the plane at high speeds.


Cabin Piper PA-18 Super Cub


Between 1952 and 1953, the Piper Aircraft plant launched a special version - the Piper PA-18-105 Special, intended for the US Civil Aviation Patrol. The aircraft has not undergone any changes in comparison with the Piper PA-18-105 Super Cub modification, except for the paired control.

The Piper PA-18-125 Super Cub was powered by a 290hp Lycoming O-125-D engine, and was primarily intended to replace the base production version.

Due to the increased volume of fuel tanks, model Piper PA-18-135 Super Cub can cover distances up to 700 kilometers, which is more satisfied owners. In addition, the aircraft has a powerful engine Lycoming O-290-D (135 hp), which is suitable for transporting large loads as well as possible.

In 1954, the Piper PA-18-135 Super Cub was introduced with a modern Lycoming O-320 piston engine with 150 hp. The aircraft fuselage was additionally reinforced, and the maximum take-off weight was increased to 794 kg.

Version Piper PA-18-180 Super Cub was totally experimental, and mass production of the aircraft has not been launched. It was supposed to modernize the model under 4-x local aircraft, but later it was decided to abandon this, and continue to position the aircraft as a twin aircraft.

Modification of the Piper PA-18A has been designed specifically for use in agrokulturnogo purposes. The aircraft was equipped with a low-power engine, it was supplemented dispensers, fertilization, and allowed to take on board only one person.

Model Piper PA-18S was a two-seat version of the aircraft, equipped with an engine capacity in 150 hp and a set of float chassis.

Aircraft Piper PA-18AS is an aircraft version agrokulturnogo purposes, is equipped with a float chassis.

Model Piper PA-19 Super Cub - an experimental version of the aircraft, destined for delivery to the US Air Force. Edition limited to just 3 built aircraft, subsequently transferred to civil aviation.

In addition to the civilian version, based on the aircraft Piper PA-18 Super Cub was created and the military version:

  • L-18C Super Cub - Adapted for military purposes version of the airplane, established on the basis of the main production model;
  • YL-21 Super Cub - The military version of the plane, created on the base model Piper PA-18-135 Super Cub;
  • L-21A Super Cub - a special military version equipped with Avco Lycoming 0-290-II engines, with a capacity of 125 hp;
  • L-21B Super Cub - An analog of the military model L-21A Super Cub, equipped with engine Avco Lycoming 0-290-D2 capacity of 135 hp .;
  • TL-21A - Military training aircraft;
  • U-7A Super Cub - A modified version of the L-21B Super Cub.


Specifications Piper PA-18 Super Cub.


  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 1 people (depending on version);
  • aircraft Length: 6,88 m (depending on version).
  • Wingspan: 10,73 m .;
  • Plane Height: 2,02 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 422 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 372 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 794 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 185 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 246 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 735 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 5595 m (depending on version).
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Lycoming O-320 (depending on version);
  • Power: 150 hp (Depending on version).


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