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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.1,2

The Piper Grasshopper was used as a liaison and artillery spotter.1

The Grasshopper had high wings.1 The covering was fabric.1

Production

  • Total: 5,0001

Variants

  • L-4:
  • L-59:

Usage

During the Army maneuvers in 1941 the Grasshopper was first used.1 It was to be used in all theaters of operation.1

Specifications

  Piper L-4 Grasshopper
Type Liaison1
Crew 21
Engine (Type) Continental O-170-31
Cylinders 41
Cooling Air1
HP 651
Propeller blades 2 wood1
Dimensions  
Span 35' 3"1
Length 22'1
Height 6' 8"1
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 1,220 lb1
Performance  
Speed 85 mph1
Landing speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 9,300'1
Range 190 miles1
Armament None1
  Piper L-59 Grasshopper
Type Liaison2
Crew  
Engine (Type) 1: Continental A-652
Cylinders Horizontal opposed2
Cooling Air2
HP 652
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 35' 2"2
Length 22' 5"2
Height 6' 8"2
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Performance  
Speed 87 mph2
Landing speed 35 mph2
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range 200 miles2
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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