· Status: On display
· Category: Military
· Length: 6,82 m
· Wingspan: 10,73 m
· Height: 2,03 m
· Max weight: 680 kg
· Max speed: 176 km/t
· Max height: 4120 m
· Range: 735 km
Piper L-18C Super Cub
Light observation and communications aircraft
The Piper PA 18 Super Cub was a further development of the Piper L-4 Grasshopper, which the US Army Air Force (USAAF) used as an observation and communications aircraft during the Second World War. After the war, improvements were made to the aircraft type including a larger engine and bigger window area to provide a better view for observation. 838 PA 18 aircraft were built to satisfy an order from the US Army. These aircraft were given the designation L-18C and 108 of them were delivered to allied countries under the NATO Military Assistance Program.
Norway received 16 Piper L-18C Super Cub aircraft in May 1955. After Army pilots had received elementary flying training at the RNoAF Flying School at Værnes and the RNoAF Bombing and Shooting School (LBSS) at Sola, they were sent out to the various artillery units. The task was to carry out artillery observation, using the terrain as camouflage. The Super Cub was taken out of service in 1992 and the seven remaining aircraft were handed over to the Norwegian Aero Club via the American authorities. Two aircraft were subsequently transferred back to the Norwegian Defence Museum for preservation.
The Royal Norwegian Air Force Museum’s Piper L-18C Super Cub has the serial number 53-4835. When the aircraft first came to Norway in 1955 it was at first given the registration letters F-AM, but in 1972 this was changed to “835”.
The fuselage and wings are painted in an olive green and earth brown camouflage pattern. The wing tips, rudder and engine cowling are painted with a fluorescent orange band. The RNoAF roundels are visible on top of and underneath the aerofoils, and on the fuselage. The registration number “835” is painted in white on the vertical fin.