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    1943 Piper L-4A "Grasshopper"

    This is Piper L-4 "Grasshopper" 43-29080, delivered to the US Army on 28 May 1943. It's a complete restoration, and an 80 mph aircraft any way you slice it. It spent its war years at Ft. Polk, LA, and was sold on the civilian market in early 1946. I am the seventh owner, and have had it for the last 24 years.
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    Interesting, even to those of us who aren't "plane guys" Piper J-3 Cub - Wikipedia

    Congrats on finishing; that's always the hard part of restorations...

    Do you have info on its service history or who flew it in service?
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    That is so neat! I don't know a lot about them, but one of the older guys at the plant I retired from was a member of the CAP and owned a similar plane. The local museum here has several models and fly them regularly. Here are pictures of one I took 12 years ago while taking my Grandsons through the museum. I may have a picture showing more of the specs. If I find it, I'll add it later. - Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post

    Do you have info on its service history or who flew it in service?
    Unfortunately part of the process of selling these aircraft after WWII by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation was to dispose of all records and provide fresh logbooks. All I have is a copy of the original USAAF data card that shows delivery on 28 MAY 1943, ferry to Ft. Polk, and ferry again to the disposal site. All records since then are civilian.

    The paint scheme is a guess on my part based on original Piper blueprints and a photo of several L-4s on the flight line at Ft. Polk in about September, 1943. This aircraft was not pictured, but the general L-4 40/41 scheme with the last two digits of each serial number on the fuselages could be seen. I scaled the markings from the photo, knowing that the rudder "buzz" number was generally 6" in height.

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    A few more pics:
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    Lovely! My first flying lesson was in a CAP L-19.

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