The Piper J-3 Cub became the primary trainer aircraft of the
Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) 75 percent of all new pilots in the CPTP
(from a total of 435,165 graduates) were trained in Cubs. By war's end, 80
percent of all United States military pilots received their initial flight
training in Piper Cubs. The need for new pilots created an insatiable appetite
for the Cub. In 1940, the year before the United States' entry into the war,
3,016 Cubs were built; soon, wartime demands would increase that production rate
to one Piper J-3 Cub being built every 20 minutes.
The Piper Cub quickly became a familiar sight. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt took
a flight in a J-3 Cub, posing for a series of publicity photos to help promote
the CPTP. Newsreels and newspapers of the era often featured images of wartime
leaders, such as Generals Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton and George Marshall,
flying around European battlefields in Piper Cubs.
The 'Cub' will always be remembered as the airplane that gave wings to thousands
of pilots all over the world.
The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world;
it can just barely kill you. — Max Stanley, Northrop test pilot
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How to Fly - A Practical Flight-Manual - Cub Pilot Corps
Includes detailed information on how to use the cub pilot trainer,
plus the basic information they needed to obtain a pilot license
in 53 easy steps. The Piper Cub was - and in many ways, still is -
the quintessential private airplane in the minds of many Americans.
The little yellow and black J-3 Cub will forever remain near and dear to the
hearts of pilots all over the world.
View: How to Fly - A Practical Flight-Manual - Cub Pilot Corps