PA-14 Family Cruiser
The PA-14 was basically a four seat
PA-12. Externally, they were difficult to tell apart. In
Cruiser was some 4 inches wider than the Super Cruiser. At
its original selling price of
$3825 in 1948 it was the cheapest four-seater in the world.
Problem was, Piper was losing money
every one they built, and even with the price increased to $3985, they
little, if any profit..
that, but 1948 was also the year in which the U.S. Government dumped
some 30,000 war
surplus aircraft onto the
civilian market with dire results for many of the plane makers of the
Republic, Commonwealth, Luscombe,
etc). Only 238 Family Cruisers were built and the design was
superceded by the all-new PA-16 in 1949.
There never was a PA-13 for the
same reason that Hotels and Hospitals don't have a 13th floor.
(China), incidently, the taboo number is four, - same
sound as "death" and also
"lion", turns out.