Early in my career as a pilot I was lucky enough to get paid to fly a Super Cub for power-line Patrol. I flew at low altitude all over the South and that bird made a pilot out of me. 33 years later, flying 8 miles high at mach .90 I still apply what that little cotton covered airplane showed me.
Frank Smith, e-mail, 10.05.2012 23:15
As a member of USAF Class 55H I flew 20 hours in the PA-18 at the Hawthorne School of Aviation, ("Bevo" Howard, Pres.), Spence Air Base, Moultrie, GA. As a High School teacher my aviation class built a "Wag-Aero Cubby" and I made the maiden flight in December 1984. Flew it for almost one hundred hours. Guess you can say, a Cub is a Cub and they all fly the same.
Ralph Alshouse, e-mail, 03.12.2011 04:03
We used the super cub 150 for towing gliders (sailplanes)in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was the perfect plane for towing. Gained a lot of repect for this airplane at Greenfield, Iowa.
Jerry Hardesty, e-mail, 24.09.2011 01:23
I was in cadet class 56C and soloed the PA-18 at Hondo, Texas in Oct. 1955. Had flown numerous aircraft since then, but finally bought another Super Cub in May 2011. Started out in the Cub and will finish in the Cub........I LOVE IT!!!!!
John Irwin, e-mail, 08.04.2011 06:49
I spent a lot of hours in the Super Cubs owned by the West Point Flying Club in the early 60s. I was flying C-119s with the Reserves and we could be associate members. They were a lot of fun to fly.
Captain Cyrus CAMA, e-mail, 04.04.2011 19:51
I soloed on this plane in 1988 when i started my P.P.L. in India, was truly a pleasure, it was an agricultural machine PA-18 150A with an all metal propeller, today 23 odd yrs later i am a captain on the A380 super jumbo and its a good feeling to go back into the past and realize where most of us started our aviation carers from, would love to own and fly my own Piper cub some day.
Lt Col Eston Hupp, CAP, e-mail, 04.03.2011 05:18
Used / Flew PA18 N264T, a former Air Force training aircrft, as a CAP search/rescue aircraft and glider towing ship for more than 20 years. Recoverd it twice and replaced 3 engines. Had a 115 hp eng. Recalled by CAP when discontinued fabric AC. Grefat airplane. Many fond memories of this old bird.
Tony Dawson, 01.03.2011 20:47
Rode in my first Super Cub in Alaska in the early '70s and became determined to fly one. Bought N9413P in Texas in 1979, and with a total of 60hrs of flight experience (only 4.2hrs in the Cub), I departed from Alvin, TX bound for Nome, AK with some detours and layovers along the way. Still own that airplane, newly rebuilt and christened with a new N-number. One of the biggest influences on the course of my life in the Far North.
Mick Hiatt, e-mail, 19.12.2010 21:22
Does the L 21 Super Cub have both flaps and ailerons? Thanks.
Bill Schwoeble, e-mail, 12.12.2010 16:04
Class 56-H Marriana, Fl. Log book entry 4 Feb 55 first ride in the PA-18. Loved it! Last ride in the 150 HP version was in Fitzgerald, GA with a doctor that also owned a Citabria that was earlier owned by Bill Elliot of NASCAR fame. The Dr. loved the PA-18 better!
Dave Cole, e-mail, 09.12.2010 04:28
I learn to fly in a J-3 Piper Cub at age 16, 1946. I lived 30 miles from Lock haven, PA the home for Piper Aviation, so new it well. Got accepted for Aviation Cadets in 1954 and soled the PA-18, which 115hp engine sure beat the 65hp engine of the J-3. I understand Piper A/C has a museum at Lock Haven, PA that I must return and spend special time at. Dave
John Burdett miles_magister mi, e-mail, 24.11.2010 06:02
110mph if I remember... at 2100rpm ?
Phil Stromowsky, e-mail, 05.11.2010 03:08
I soloed in the PA-18 on my birthday in 1955...as a part of Air Force class 56Q. What a thrill!
Ernest Kaiser, e-mail, 25.10.2010 01:17
I soloed in Super Cub 7670D at FlightWays in Alaska in Feb 1959. My first 30 hrs were all Super Cub, after that the Cherokee 140.
Jim Richards, e-mail, 12.10.2010 18:20
Returned from Vietnam in 1957, a bachelor with a pocket full of cash. Buddies bought new cars. I bought N3773P, a 90HP Super Cub. It was the love of my life, until I got married! She's still flying, according to Google.
Wayne Grant, e-mail, 12.10.2010 17:14
I soloed and got my first 40 hours in a PA 18 back in 1965. I'm into radio controlled airplanes now and the Super Cub is high on my list to build and fly.
John P Courte, e-mail, 27.09.2010 14:59
I learned to fly in this aricraft and I am convinced that if you can fly the super-cub, you can learn to fly anything, both fixed and rotary. Great airplane.
Bob Leonard, e-mail, 19.08.2010 22:17
I love the PA-18 on floats. It is a real neat proformer, getting in and out of small "pot-holes" in the flat lands of Alaska. No pilot ever over-loads his aircraft....but...all I can say is that the Super Cub will carry a load! If it will get up on the step, it will fly! If not, taxi back and off load a few pounds and try again. Verne (comment below) is 100% correct regarding cross control in steep turns. We lost a well known Guide in Alaska as he was flying steep circles around a Moose. But, we all know, 'any' aircraft can kill you if you give it the chance.
Scott Boyd, e-mail, 05.06.2010 05:20
When I was in college in Gunnison Colorado I flew numerous newer Supercubs and what we called the Unsupercub, an older military version with a glass, or plexiglass top and a 135hp engine, the Supercubs were pretty new and had 150hp engines.
They actually worked pretty good in the high mountains but when we got Bird Dogs they didn't get used too much for searches but were cheap to use for personal use, which we could do.
When I was flying charter we had a PA-12 that was pretty much a toy. I overhauled the engine in my BMW and took the head to Durango to get it milled, other then stuff like that it got little use.
Verne Lietz, e-mail, 28.01.2010 05:43
Had a well-used (almost junker) 1952 model, then a 1957, flew both to Alaska eventually. Also from Wenatchee, WA to Durham, NC, and back with no radios. Our son was 10 years old on one Alaska flight and made two take-offs and two landings without any comment or control input by me. He now flies Boeing 767s, 757s and 737s for USAirways. The Super Cub is great for rugged flying in the wilds or mountains as long as the pilot doesn't cross control in steep turns at low altitude....then it's a killer.
Sam Herron, e-mail, 03.12.2009 02:20
I flew this aircraft for 20:10 hours at Columbus AFB in Class 54-0, soloed and got a check ride before moving to the T-6. Was penalized by 10 minutes in the T-6 for over-flying the alloted 20:00 hours in the PA-18.
Andre Barros, e-mail, 19.02.2007 13:37
I want to know the cruise speed of the PA 18 with the Lycoming 180 hp engine. Thanks
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