Piper PA-11 Cub Special


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Piper PA-11 Cub Special

After the end of World War II the demand for civil lightplanes seemed for a time to be insatiable, but when low-price government war-surplus aircraft came on the market the situation was changed overnight. One of Piper's plans to meet this challenge was to make available an austerity civil version of the extensively built L-4 Grasshopper. Designated Piper PA-11 Cub Special, and powered by a 48kW Continental A65-8 flat-four engine., it proved to be an attractive proposition, and its price of only $2,495 in 1947 meant that many preferred a slightly dearer new aircraft to a war-surplus model of uncertain history. Before the company ended production of the Cub Special a total of 1,323 civil examples had been built, these aircraft having a maximum speed of 161km/h and range of 483km. The type appealed also to the US Army for supply to other nations under the Military Aid Program, and 105 aircraft with the 71kW Continental C90-8F engine were acquired under the designation L-18B and delivered to Turkey.

Juan, e-mail, 28.10.2012 20:51

Hello, I would ask the favor if anyone has a parts catalog of PA-11, albeit old, since I do practical work at the University on this aircraft. I do a Maintenance and Technical Report not flying for 10 years and has no documentation. If someone makes me will stay eternally grateful.


Pat, e-mail, 01.09.2012 23:22

Has anyone generated performance charter for the PA-11. We have the A-75, 75 HP?


dedo, e-mail, 05.01.2012 04:43

can the PA-11 be considered an ultralight aircraft and if so how?


Gordon Mills, e-mail, 11.11.2010 18:45

Unlike the J3 I learned to fly, the PA 11 had brakes.
A great advantage when attemting to park on the line between other planes with a tail wind


James Russo, e-mail, 07.10.2010 20:49

I flew the L4 Grasshopper as an Artillery Spotter pilot during World War II. It flew like a kite and responded beautifully to every command.


marcelo, e-mail, 04.07.2010 05:40

Sir, i would like to know why a lot of pa 11 actually with 65 hp engyne cant fly¨no more fast the 110-120 km per hour instead of the 160 than the original specs?
Marcelo (Argentina)


W. Cannon, e-mail, 08.04.2010 01:41

I would like to do the same. As I understand it the motor mount is a bit lower, the windshield is more streamlined, and the seats are a bit further back. Since the motor mount is differed, I worry that the available stock cowling from Univair might not fit properly. The fuselage fuel tank is removed and the fuel tank or tanks are in the wings. That is not a real problem. I would like advice about this possible modification.


Jessie Bechayda, e-mail, 04.02.2010 10:00

I know that the Pa 11 and The J3 share similar constructions but they d details differ in some details like the cowling and their forward fuselage structures.Where could I find the infos that specify the changes in their construction and dimensions.Could a stock J3 be converted to the Pa 11 without major modifications?

Thank you,


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