"Piper» 0-59 / L-4 / L-18 «Gresskhopper". A photo. Characteristics.
"Piper» 0-59 / L-4 / L-18 «Gresskhopper". A photo. Characteristics.

"Piper» 0-59 / L-4 / L-18 «Gresskhopper". A photo. Characteristics.



A type: single-engine reconnaissance and connected vysokoplan

Capacity: The pilot and the observer or passenger, arranged one behind the other

As planes "Aeronca» (Aeronca) L-3 and "Teylorkraft» (Taylorcraft) L-2, in this section, the aircraft L-4 «Gresskhopper» (Grasshopper - a grasshopper) of "Piper" is also widely used by the US Air Force as an artillery spotter and liaison aircraft. Like its peers, the aircraft L-4 was essentially a paramilitary modification of a successful civil construction of the previous decade, in this case - outstanding aircraft J-3 Cub mid 1930-ies the company "Taylor Aircraft Company» (Taylor Aircraft Company), later "Piper ".

The Army Air Force was the first to come to understand the usefulness of this aircraft during the large-scale military maneuvers conducted in August 1941, which used 44 hastily camouflaged aircraft "Cub" (Cub). After the end of the maneuvers, the US Air Force ordered 948 0-59 aircraft (the designation of the L-4 aircraft was received at the time of commissioning), which had some differences from the J-3 civil aircraft, including an improved cockpit layout with crew members one after the other. After the raid on Pearl Harbor, hundreds of former civil aircraft "Cab" were transferred to military service, and by 1943, the total number of civil and military aircraft "Cab" / "Grasshopper" has reached the mark of 10 LLC.

In some strange way the company "Piper" also received an order of the US Army Air Force training on the production of the glider under the designation GT-8 based aircraft "Gresskhopper" from which to remove the engine and chassis. Plane L-4 remained in service after the war, its improved modification of L-18 participated in hostilities Air Force in Korea in the early 1950-ies. Dozens of these aircraft "Gresskhopper" and once called up for military service aircraft J-3 remain in a state of airworthiness, "jumping" around the globe.

Basic data


Length: 6,71 m

Wingspan: 10,74 m

Height: 2,03 m

Power point: 0-170-3 company "Continental"

Power: 65 l. from. (48 kW)

The weight:

  • BLANK: 331 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 533 kg


Date of first flight:

  • 1937 year 


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 137 km / h
  • Range: 306 km


Surviving airworthiness modifications:

  • J-3 Cub, 0-59, L-4A / B / H / J and L-18B / C