There was a time when the general public referred to every light plane as a Cub. For good reason. The simplicity, affordability and utility of the tandem-seat, high-wing, tube-and-fabric aircraft made it a favorite with pilots almost from its first appearance in the 1930s. By that decade’s end, Piper Aircraft’s Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, plant was turning out 1,800 of the bright yellow J-3 Cubs annually. With entry into World War II imminent, the little aircraft was adopted ...

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