Piper J-3 Cub among Most Beloved Iconic Aircraft in the United States

Piper J-3 Cub pic

Piper J-3 Cub
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Former commercial pilot and entrepreneur Kenneth (“Ken”) Goggans is an investment professional focused on companies in the oil and gas sector. In addition to founding several businesses in the energy industry, Ken Goggans helped in the start up process of the aircraft production firm American Legend Aircraft Company, a business among a select few that were granted permission to reproduce the classic Piper Cub plane.

The iconic Piper J-3 Cub is renowned among pilots and dedicated plane enthusiasts alike for its reliability, simplicity, and the nostalgia that it inspires. This light plane has seen many uses throughout its nearly 80-year history, serving as the plane in which many pilots learned to fly during the middle decades of the 20th century. Though known under a different name in the military, the Piper J-3 Cub was also the plane upon which many pilots relied in both World War II and Vietnam.

Love for the Piper Cub has also inspired several yearly fly-in events, where aircraft fans can observe several of the planes in flight, inspect them up close on the ground, and witness a variety of events that honor the spirit of the Piper Cub. Two of the more popular multi-day fly-in events occur every year in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, and Lompoc, California.

The Piper J-3 Cub – A Classic Light Aircraft

Piper J-3 Cub pic

Piper J-3 Cub
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A successful businessman in the energy industry, Kenneth (Ken) Goggans has made several profitable deals with the acquisition of smaller oil and gas companies. Ken Goggans’ early contributions included a company licensed to manufacture the legendary Piper Cub airplane.

One of the Cubs’ best-known variants, the J-3, saw use as a trainer for pilots in World War II. The Piper Aircraft Corporation built some 10,000 Cubs, most of them the J-3 version, between 1937 and 1941.

Because those production numbers were so high, used Cubs are relatively inexpensive, costing roughly as much as a second car. Its simple design makes for low maintenance costs. The plane is suited for short trips, since its gas tank holds only 12 gallons. It consumes gas at five gallons per hour, but the engine can be tweaked for better mileage.

Although several Cub versions exist, the basic traits of the aircraft (i.e., flying characteristics, wings, and geometry) remain the same. With a ceiling of 11,500 feet and a maximum speed of 78 knots (90 mph) for the 1946 model, the J-3 is intended for low flight at a leisurely speed.