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Brian Lott, e-mail, 17.11.2022 04:28

Does anyone have a copy of STC SA1NE that was issued 11 /15 /1972 to Gerald N. Butterworth? This STC allowed the use of a fixed pitch McCauley 1B90 /ECM7151 propellor on the Culver V. The STC also references a Butterworth Report 1000 dated 9 /13 /1972. Does anyone have a copy of this report? Finally, does anyone know the registration number of the Culver V that Gerald Butterworth owned back in 1972? Appreciate any help you can provide!


Anonymous, 17.11.2021 07:42

Setting the trim tab is critical on a Culver V. It must be set to the takeoff position or else it will probably not rotate for takeoff or if it does, it will not climb.


Marshall smith-, e-mail, 20.08.2022 Anonymous

Hi. We have a TD2C-1 culver 14. We are in process of restoring it. We do not have the tailcone, would anybody be willing to let us borrow a tail cone to make a copy? Aviation unman vehicle museum, AUVM. Located 40 minutes east of Dallas in Caddo Mills, TX.


Richard Simile, e-mail, 29.10.2020 03:35

Hi All,

Just an FYI that I might have a Beautiful Culver Cadet and an amazing Culver LCA for sale shortly. If anyone has any interest please call me at 602-884-2111. The are located in Atmore Alabama. I have enjoyed reading the stories above. Thanks !!


M. Mulder, e-mail, 30.12.2020 Richard Simile

Dear Richard,

Could you send me information about the two Culvers coming up for sale?

Kind regards,


Frank Samples, e-mail, 09.08.2015 00:44

In approximately 1945 a Culver Cadet crashed in Dunbar, WV while attempting a loop. There were two fatalities, Archie Clemmons, the pilot and the son of A.W. Cox.


Will OConnor, e-mail, 01.02.2015 19:25

The Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth, TX is in possession of a Culver LFA Cadet from early WWII. It is currently being restored to airworthy status.


Charles Hampton A/P, IA, e-mail, 16.04.2014 06:35

Would like to respond to Jack Carlin e-mail Concern Culver V
N3077 owned by Robert H. Hampton my dad which meet its end at Turners Falls Airport Massachusetts in 1957. That aircraft was a wonderful cross country aircraft but as Mr. Carlin said a woeful climber fully loaded and in hot weather. The story goes on that day his passenger was a prospective owner as the aircraft was for sale. Unfortunately this person showed up late after the fuel pumps were closed. Since he had come some distance, Dad didn't want to disappoint this fellow. Dad felt there was enough fuel for once around the patch, or so. Unfortunately in showing the flight charastics a hammer head stall was under taken which resulted in no gas to engine and not sufficient altitude to reach the runway. A wheels up landing was made in short weeds about 300ft short of runway. Airplane not seriously damaged, occupants unhurt, except for Dad's pride, Unfortunately when aircraft was lifted to be placed on its wheels the mahogany fuselage back was broken. So it was sold for parts.

As Jack referenced the aircraft was also in other accidents. The other one took place in Elmira New York. Again things added up to do dad in. He had worked on the machine floor set up new machinery for Threadwell Tool and Dye in Greenfield Mass. It was a hot day and floor temps in the plant were 107 degrees. He left that day to fly to Dayton Ohio to visit his family. In Elmira he fueled. The airport manager noticed he was fatigued and suggested he stop there and stay over night. Free bed at the airport was available. No he wanted to push on. After takeoff he forgot to pull up the gears and by that time he had flown into a box canyon. Another wheels up landing and a broken back for injury. As kids working in a cold hangar we helped Dad rebuild. This all happened in 1953 and 1954.
In another year flying back to Dayton surrounded by thunder storms he headed for Niagra International, NY. On final some mile out he was told to hurry up by the tower because a 727 was also on final. He did and landed wheels up as the 727 flew low over him. He remarked it was the smooth landing he ever made as the wood prop just splintered. Another time flying to Dayton he iced up just west of Springfield Ohio and declared an inflight emergency and the longest runway possible as aircraft controls were quite heavy. With the controller assistance a vector was made to Wright Patterson SAC base. He claims to have landed the aircraft at over 100 MPH surrounded by fire trucks and APs.

Dade was very active in the Mass Civil Air Patrol. After moving to Florida in ended up with that organization as an honorary full colonel. When I added up his flight hours in gliders, sailplanes and light aircraft it was just over 5300 hours. His last private plane was a Stinson 108-3 with metalized wings and fuselage. He was a long time member with EAA. Thanks Jack Carlin for the memories. It was a wonderful bunch of pilots at Turners Falls Airport.

Since I retired as a senior Administrator at "The Ohio University" I got an A /P and I /A and still restore airplanes such as cubs ,ercoupes, aeroncas and the like from the classic era. And it all started with Culver V N3077K and Dad rebuilding of it.


Bob Doernberg, e-mail, 01.02.2014 22:01

In 1961, I was home in Spencerville, Ohio for summer vacation from my sophomore year at Culver Military Academy. My dad owned a Stinson Station Wagon and flew it out of Bob Croft's grass strip just west of town. I had been scraping together a little money from my summer job to take flying lessons in a Cessna 140, went for a lesson one sunny afternoon and saw the coolest plane resting in the shadows of his barn a low-wing, retractable, smooth skinned, low-wing monoplane. Bob Croft told me he had just purchased it, and that it was a Culver Cadet. When I heard that I had to go up in it. He obliged, and that afternoon I believe I became the only Culver Cadet to fly a Culver Cadet. As I remember, the landing gear became spring-loaded as they were lowered, and retracted almost instantaneously. I plan on attending Oshkosh this July, and that's the first type I'm going to look for.


Frank Strange, e-mail, 29.01.2014 18:16

Hello Bill Rogers----My Name is Frank Strange and I used to own N8442B back in the mid 80s---I live in Palatka Florida and I stayed pretty close to home with her. She did love the ground but once in the air was a fun little bird---I kind of hated to let her go but did not have a chose. I am like You as I have been around for a while (75 years)---Can't pass a physical any more so it is just a dream and memory now---Thanks for bringing those memories back.


Bob Atol, e-mail, 10.01.2014 12:35

I was in Naval Air at Santa Ana when the war ended and I was shipped to our other base at Lompoc. A civil service worker offered me an aircraft engine and it was a Franklin with dual carbs.I got it in June of 46 and I still have it in 2014 in Pasadena CA. I was going to put it in a dry lakes race car but never did. Some day maybe. Was the service drone hotter than the later model?


Robert Wall, e-mail, 31.12.2013 05:21

I bought SN 444 N41726 Culver Cadet (Franklin 80 hp)in 1954 with a 41 custom Chev coupe and + /- $500. Flew it about a year and sold it 'cause I needed a car. Current owner in OR I believe. The Cadet was more popular than the V but this website doesn't even mention it. How come?


Jack Carlin, e-mail, 25.12.2013 04:36

I overhauled a Cont 85 engine for a Culver V in 1955. It belonged to Bob Hampson,N3077K, It crashed for lack of fuel at the Turners Falls, MA airport in 1957. It had crashed prior to that in Western, Pa or Eastern ohio due to bad wx. Hampson was the pilot both times. I flew N3077K several times after getting out of Navy flight training in 1957. It was underpowered, It would leave the runway and then not climb, especially loaded and in warm wx. I don't see it in the registrations so assume it went for parts Hampson and the passenger Francis Atherton were unhurt luckily.


Old Bob Siegfried, e-mail, 21.11.2013 04:22

Good Evening, I flew with Bob Kaukee (sp?) in one in which he had installed a 115 Lycoming. Something of a ground lover, but not bad once it got airborne. No idea if he ever got it approved with the bigger engine and have no idea where it went. That was in about 1949 or 1950 at Elmhurst airport of suburban Chicago.


Ann Burns, e-mail, 02.09.2012 20:58

I now own Culver V N3104K since my husband Curtis Burns passed away this year. My plane is undergoing it's annual inspection and a new paint job. I want to sell it as soon as possible. Please read the posting by Curtis Burns on 15.05.2008.


Eric Holverson, e-mail, 28.01.2012 00:13

My dad owned culver v NC80261 circa 1950. He's owned various planes throughout his life but this one is probably the one he remembers most fondly. If anyone has any history on it after my father owned it, he would be elated to hear about it. All i have is a few old faded pics of it. Thanks!


Joe Moreland, e-mail, 13.11.2011 22:31

I own SR# 17 at preaent time. The Government bought 10 i was told and they had 150hp but I have not found any more information about them. I live in southern New Mexico


Scott Boyd, e-mail, 05.07.2011 06:03

I flew a Mooney Mite a few times but never a Culver. With Johnson bar retraction and a 65 hp engine it was not too bad. From the picture I think it was smaller yet.


Jim Thompson, e-mail, 04.07.2011 22:44

I owned Culver V N3074-K, purchased it in Atlanta, Ga, flew it it for 2 or 3 years and sold it to a fellow from the Northeast. Last I knew, he as headed home with it, like in the Boaton area. It was a neat-flying little bird, all one had to do was convince it that it could fly, get it off the ground, get the gear up, and climb out at about 250 feet per minute. Once one got it to altitude, it would trim out in lever flight at just about 120 mph, and lean down to about 5 gallons per hour. I've always wondered whatever became of it.


Stan Henslee, e-mail, 02.06.2011 02:18

Note to Richard Price - your Culver Cadet the Turbulent Twerp belonged to my father, Gene Henslee until he sold it in 1949 - it was named after my sister Patricia. Have many pictures if you want any.


Chuck Blaker, e-mail, 13.05.2011 00:36

Back in the late 50's I bought a neat little airplane called the Culver Cadet for 600 dollars. As I remember, it was powered by a 90 HP Franklin and would cruise at about 145 @ 5000 ft. burning around 6.5GPH. I loved the little bird and would to have another.


Howard Chapman, e-mail, 18.02.2011 04:36

On the V's predecessors - The Cadet was inducted into service with the USAAF as a radio control target drone at the start of WW II - PQ 8. The tail dragger was a problem for ground control. Modified with three legs it became the
PQ 8A. If my mammary is still intact it had a larger fin & rudder also. The 8 was replaced with the PQ 14, a severe redesign. Narrow single place fuselage, redone wings. A bunch faster - both to produce and in the air.
My brother served his WW II time in the Hawaiian islands repairing the Culvers. He rebuilt, from scrap parts, a custom 14 for his Leut. with a bigger engine, big spinner, clipped wings, that the Leut. chased around the sky with the other pilots training for combat. It was fast. Unfortunately all photos & stuff was lost in a fire.


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