Piper Cub on the farm


There’s nothing quite so pure as a yellow Piper J-3 Cub on a grass strip; the airplane just wasn’t meant to be flown over big cities and landed at towered airports. In this fun video, you’ll ride along in a 1945 Cub, from hand propping to low passes over the farms. No avionics, no airspace, just fun flying.

Video from Andy Sharpe

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Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. He is an ATP and also holds ratings for multiengine, seaplanes, gliders, and helicopters. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of Air Facts, John is a Vice President at Sporty’s Pilot Shop, responsible for new product development and marketing.


  1. Wow, that guy is so lucky. Taildraggers are dangerous! Taildraggers ground loop at my home airport almost daily! Taildraggers require a signoff. Nosewheel aircraft are safer and don’t require a signoff. That taildragger looks like its ground looping just sitting in the hangar!

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