Jackie Solomon and Colin Wille - 1946 Piper Cub
Jackie Solomon and Colin Wille - 1946 Piper Cub

Jackie Solomon and Colin Wille arrive at the farm in a 1946 Piper Cub

(Photo : Leigh Willson)

“You had us giggling like kids and ‘whooping’ to the sky, well,

‘whooping’ from the sky…”

Amorette Kramer
Amorette Kramer

Amorette KramerJackie Solomon, long time friend of Summerhill, had staff ecstatic when she and travel companion, Colin Wille, arrived at the farm by light aircraft recently.

Jackie, being the kind soul that she is, and Colin, who is passionate about flying, treated a few adventurous staff to a lap of the surrounding areas in the bright yellow 1946 Piper Cub. This soon became an intriguing pull to the track, which was once again put into use as an airstrip.

With both afternoon and morning spins, Jackie and Colin went out of their way to ensure that everybody who was ‘keen’ got to share in the experience. Thanks again to you both, you had us giggling like kids and ‘whooping’ to the sky, well, ‘whooping’ from the sky… what a thrilling ride!

Piper Cub Specifications :

The Piper J-3 Cub is a small, simple, light aircraft that was built between 1937 and 1947 by Piper Aircraft. With tandem (fore and aft) seating, it was intended for flight training but became one of the most popular and best-known light aircraft of all time. The Cub’s simplicity, affordability and popularity invokes comparisons to the Ford Model T automobile.

The aircraft’s standard chrome yellow paint has come to be known as “Cub Yellow” or “Lock Haven Yellow”.

General characteristics :

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 6.83m
  • Wingspan: 10.74m
  • Height: 2.03m
  • Empty weight: 345kg
  • Powerplant: 1 x Continental A-65-8 air-cooled horizontally opposed four cylinder, 65hp (48kW) at 2,350rpm

Performance :

  • Maximum speed: 76kn (140km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 65kn (121 km/h)
  • Range: 191NM (354 km)
  • Rate of climb: 2.3 metres/sec
  • Power/mass: 11.35 kg/kW

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