J-5C Cub Cruiser
The Cub Cruiser was developed as a three seat
advancement over the J-4 series. It became
forerunner of the popular post WW II PA-12 Super Cruiser.
Although billed as a three seat
it would probably have been better described as a 2 and a half
seater. The rear may
O.K. for a child but things got rather cramped if the third passenger
was a 200 pounder.
The original J-5A (below) with the 75 hp
engine was a bit of a foot dragger, but the
illustrated above with the 100 hp Lycoming
O-235-C was a much better proposition.
Both photographs were acquired
from the Piper Aircraft Corpotation in 1947. Almost 1,500
Cruisers had been built before
the war converted Piper's
Lock Haven plant lines to L-4
Grasshopper production, or, in the case
of the J-5, orders
for US Navy HE-1/AE-1s.
was resumed after the
war, but soon abdicated in favor
of the afore-mentioned PA-12.