Piper Aircraft is kicking off a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary this week at Sun ’n Fun.
From EAA Chapter 282 in Clearwater, Florida, comes the heartwarming story of Walter Crosby, who realized the dream of seeing his restored 1946 Piper Cub fly for the first time in more than 50 years. Thanks to the love and dedication of his fellow chapter members, Walt got to see his cherished airplane become airborne — just days before losing his courageous battle with cancer. Read the whole story here … and have some Kleenex handy!
Hundreds of Piper Cubs are expected to turn the flightline at EAA AirVenture 2012 into a “field of yellow” as a part of the week-long celebration of the iconic aircraft’s 75th anniversary. The 60th annual airshow is scheduled for July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) in Oshkosh.
By DAVID NIXON
This past January, I purchased a 1941 Piper J-5A Cub Cruiser from a friend in Port Angeles, Wash. I thought that flying the airplane home to Lenhardt’s AirHaven in Oregon would be an easy task. After all, it’s only a couple hundred miles away and, even though the Pacific Northwest is not known for its hospitable winter VFR weather, I knew it was doable with patience and flexibility. In the end, however, bringing the J-5 back to Hubbard, Ore., proved to be more than just a trip to pick up an airplane.