The Comeback Cub

In November 1937 the first Cubs came of the Piper Aircraft production line. Rod Simpson relates how the appeal of the design has endured and modern versions are still available for private flyers.

Just imagine you are an 19-year-old American and you are standing on a sun-baked airfield at Waco, Texas. The year is 1940 and your journey to becoming a pilot is about to begin. The USA is not yet caught up in World War Two but your government is getting ready for what may be coming. In preparation, President Franklin D Roosevelt has announced the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) because young men like you could be needed to fly the fighters, bombers and transport aircraft that will soon pour of the production lines.

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