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United States' Piper Grasshopper liaison

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Piper L-59 Grasshopper liaison:
United States' Piper L-59 Grasshopper liaison
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Piper L-59 Grasshopper liaison:
United States' Piper L-59 Grasshopper liaison
Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook
Piper L-4 Grasshopper liaison:
United States' Piper L-4 Grasshopper liaison

Design

The Piper Grasshopper was based on the civilian Piper Cub.

The Piper Grasshopper was used as a liaison and artillery spotter.

The Grasshopper had high wings. The covering was fabric.

Production

  • Total: 5,000

Variants

  • L-4:
  • L-59:

Usage

During the Army maneuvers in 1941 the Grasshopper was first used. It was to be used in all theaters of operation.

Specifications

  Piper L-4 Grasshopper
Type Liaison
Crew 2
Engine (Type) Continental O-170-3
Cylinders 4
Cooling Air
HP 65
Propeller blades 2 wood
Dimensions  
Span 35' 3"
Length 22'
Height 6' 8"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 1,220 lb
Performance  
Speed 85 mph
Landing speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 9,300'
Range 190 miles
Armament None
  Piper L-59 Grasshopper
Type Liaison
Crew  
Engine (Type) 1: Continental A-65
Cylinders Horizontal opposed
Cooling Air
HP 65
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 35' 2"
Length 22' 5"
Height 6' 8"
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Performance  
Speed 87 mph
Landing speed 35 mph
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range 200 miles
Armament  

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 2, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Aeronautics Aircraft Spotters' Handbook, Ensign L. C. Guthman, 1943
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