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The L-4 was a two-place tandem cockpit, dual-control aircraft and was among the most useful tactical aircraft of WWII.

The Piper L-4 Grasshopper is a military version of the famous 1930’s Piper Cub. The aircraft has a simple, lightweight design which gives it good low-speed handling properties and short-field performance. The Grasshopper/Cub is one of the best-known light aircraft of all time. The L-4 was typically used for reconnaissance, artillery spotting, and moving personnel behind the lines.

This airworthy Piper L-4 was manufactured in 1942 and is currently owned by Carolyn Pardue of Breckinridge, Texas.

Quick facts

  • Manufacturer: Piper
  • Country: United States
  • Type: Observation / Liaison
  • Engine: One 65 hp Continental A65 flat-four piston engine
  • Maximum speed: 92 mph
  • Armament: None
  • Ceiling: 12,000 ft.
  • Range: 250 miles
  • Crew: 2.00
  • Length: 22 ft. 3 in.
  • Wingspan: 35 ft. 2.5 in.
  • Number built: 20,291

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