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Piper PA-18 Super Cub

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub HB-PAV/V-654 Swiss Air Force

The Piper PA-18 Super Cub is a two-seat, single-engine monoplane. Introduced in 1949 by Piper Aircraft.

  • Role: Light utility aircraft
  • Manufacturer: Piper Aircraft
  • First flight: 1949
  • Produced: 1949-1983; 1988-1994
  • Status: Active service
  • Number built: 15.000
  • Developed from: Piper PA-11

Military operators

  • Austrian Air Force
  • Belgian Army
  • Federal German Luftwaffe
  • Imperial Iranian Air Force
  • Italian Army
  • Israeli Air Force
  • Force Aérienne Katangaise
  • Netherlands Army
  • Nicaraguan Air Force
  • Japanese Army
  • Royal Norwegian Air Force
  • Portuguese Army
  • Portuguese Air Force
  • Swedish Army
  • Swiss Air Force
  • Turkish Army
  • Uganda
  • Uruguay
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army

Specifications (PA-18-150 landplane)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 22 ft 7 in (6.88 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 2½ in (10.73 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 8½ in (2.02 m)
  • Wing area: 178.5 sq ft (16.58 m²)
  • Airfoil: USA 35B
  • Aspect ratio: 7:1
  • Empty weight: 930 lb (422 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 1,750 lb (794 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-320 air-cooled flat four, 150 hp (112 kW)

Performance

  • Never exceed speed: 132 knots (246 km/h, 153 mph)
  • Maximum speed: 113 knots (208 km/h, 130 mph) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 100 kts (185 km/h, 115 mph) (75% power)
  • Stall speed: 38 knots (69 km/h, 43 mph) flaps down
  • Range: 399 nmi (735 km, 460 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 19,000 ft (5,595 m)