Piper PA-18 Super Cub

The Piper Super Cub is a descendant of the Piper J-3 cub, designed in the 1930s. With a redesigned cabin, larger payload and bigger and more modern engine and instruments, it emerged in the 1950s as a favourite with bush pilots because of its ability to take off in 200 feet while still hauling 800 pounds of people, fuel and cargo.

  • Wingspan: 10.73 m
  • Length: 6.88 m
  • Powerplant: 1 x Lycoming O-320 4-cyl horizontally opposed engine (112 kW)
  • Maximum Speed: 209 km/h
  • Cruise Speed: 185 km/h
  • Range: 740 km
  • Crew: 1
  • Passengers: 1


Excerpt from Alberta Aviation Museum – 30 Years of Progress

Piper built more than 10,000 Super Cubs between 1949 and 1994. About 400 are operating in Canada today. The museum’s 1950 Super Cub spent nearly fifty years flying in Washington State and British Columbia before suffering a fatal accident on François Lake, B.C. in 1997. Gordon Hougestol of Camrose purchased the remains, partially restored the aircraft, then donated it to the museum in 2011.


You can learn more about this aircraft by purchasing a copy of our 30th Anniversary Souvenir Book or by visiting the museum today!

Piper PA-18 Super Cub exhibit. Aircraft Identification Number: C-FPGD

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