Piper L-4 Grasshopper

Manufacturer:  Piper
Model:  L-4J
Role:  Liason
Year of Manufacture:  1945
Construction Number: 13549
Serial Number:  45-4809
Civil Registration Number:  N3989B

Model Background:

Piper developed a military variant of the J-3 Cub, variously designated as the O-59 (1941), L-4 (after April 1942), and NE (U.S. Navy). The L-4 Grasshopper was mechanically identical to the J-3 civilian Cub, but was distinguishable by the use of a Plexiglass greenhouse skylight and rear windows for improved visibility, much like the Taylorcraft L-2 and Aeronca L-3 also in use with the US armed forces. Carrying a single pilot and no passenger, the L-4 had a top speed of 85 mph (137 km/h), a cruise speed of 75 mph (121 km/h), a service ceiling of 12,000 ft (3,658 m), a stall speed of 38 mph (61 km/h), an endurance of three hours, and a range of 225 mi (362 km). 5,413 L-4s were produced for U.S. forces, including 250 built for the U.S. Navy under contract as the NE-1 and NE-2.

History of this Aircraft:

Military History
12 April 1945 Rolled off assembly at Piper’s Lockhaven, Pennsylvania plant
16 April 1945 Accepted by Army Air Force
24 June 1945 Arrived at Sheppard Field in Wichita Falls, Texas where it was assigned to 3706 Base Unit
Assigned to 2532 Base Unit at Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas
January 1948 Stored at San Marcos Field, Texas
Transferred to 5th Liason Group – part of Tactical Air Command based in Greenville, South Carolina
Assigned to the Civil Air Patrol in Rock Hill, South Carolina
Assigned to the Civil Air Patrol in Little Rock, Arkansas
June 1954 Stored
1975 Declared surplus
Civilian History
1975 Purchased by Jesse Millerd of Little Rock
2001 Purchased by Jim and Sarah Maloney of Prior Lake, MN
1 March 2005 Airworthiness Certificate issued
3 March 2005 First flight after restoration
2007 Sold to Tom Ryan of Excelsior, MN