The naturally magical setting of Okeechobee County in Florida is a lovely place for this equally beautiful Piper Cub on floats. The title of the painting comes from the specific location of Quail Creek Plantation where a Cub outing was held.
An icon of the era and of American general aviation, the J-3 Cub has long been loved by pilots and nonpilots alike, with thousands still in use. Piper sold 19,073 J-3s between 1938 and 1947, the majority of them L-4s and other military variants. After the war, thousands of Grasshoppers were civilian-registered under the designation J-3. Hundreds of Cubs were assembled from parts in Canada, Denmark and Argentina and by a licensee in Oklahoma.
In the late 1940s, the J-3 was replaced by the Piper PA-11 Cub Special (1,500 produced). It was the first Piper Cub version to have a fully enclosed cowling for its powerplant. Then came the Piper PA-18 Super Cub, which Piper produced until 1981 when it sold the rights to WTA Inc. In all, Piper produced 2,650 Super Cubs. The Super Cub had a 150 hp (110 kW) engine which increased its top speed to 130 mph (210 km/h). Its range was 460 miles (740 km).
Modernized and up-engined versions are produced by Cub Crafters of Washington and by American Legend Aircraft in Texas, as the Cub continues to be sought after by bush pilots for its short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities, as well as by recreational pilots for its nostalgia appeal.
About the Cub at Quail Creek Prints
The 15″ x 30″ prints are available in a Limited Edition of 300 Signed & Numbered prints and 30 Artist Proofs.
Some of the other Cub (on floats) Prints by Sam Lyons on this website include:
The Legend Begins