David Henderson's 1941 Piper "Flitfire" J-3. This aircraft is restored as it looked when earning support for the wartime RAF, and was Horn Point Grand Champion Warbird for 1993. [ftp][/ftp] David is the gentalman who did the restoation an owner at the time before the cub went to the North Carolina Air Museum , my hats off to him for a great restoration and keeping the old girl flying. Joe
Last Edit: Sept 28, 2006 15:52:36 GMT -5 by jredhawk
The Piper J-3 Cub was designed to honor British military pilots. The Piper Aircraft Corporation in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, designed a fundraising campaign to help disabled Royal Air Force pilots. They designed the Flitfire and gave the aircraft British military markings. The completed Flitfire planes were raffled off to raise money. The fundraiser was a great success. While the Flitfire never saw active duty in the English skies, it served as a reminder to Americans of the strong ties between the United States and Great Britain.
Jack Krindler of New York won the first J-3 Flitfire, NC1776. Krindler sold the plane to a fixed base operator in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. There the Flitfire served the War Department in the U.S. Civilian Pilot Training Program, although no record exists of the number of fledgling pilots who sat in its cockpit during the war years. After exchanging hands a few more times, the Flitfire was bought by Henderson Aviation in Felton, Delaware with the understanding that it would be returned to its original color and markings. The plane was completely restored.
Today, only 13 of the original 49 Flitfires survive. The NC1776 is the only one in its exact configuration including engine, propeller and three-piece windshield. To add to the distinction of this unique aircraft, the NC1776 was also flown by Orville Wright in 1943! and President Nixon wanted to buy her from my dads friend Marquis Markle who owned her at that time for the up coming 1976 bicentennial and was told NO not for sale ,Markle is the civilian pilot who trained the military pilots during WWII he trained over 2,000 men ,NC1776 trained Army ,Navy and Marine corp pilots . Markle was the second owner and the longest owner from 40's till 70's ,my dad was half owner during late 50's early 60's with Markle for $500.00 now the plane is valued over $60,000.00 This plane has great history.[ftp][/ftp]
This is how Markle redid her after her service of the war he just wanted the regular yellow with the black lightning ,he said it cost less to paint her in the yellow than trying to keep the original paint theme .I think she looks great now fully restored back to her old self .just a bit of info on the cub,Joe
Last Edit: Sept 28, 2006 14:10:23 GMT -5 by jredhawk