My first flight in a tailwheel airplane was in a new Super Cub at the Piper factory with then AOPA Pilot Editor in Chief Richard Collins way back in 1988. The mission was a photo shoot for the magazine. I still see those photos around occasionally and laugh because Collins and I were both wearing neckties, which was standard office attire in those days. But in a Cub…..in Florida! What were we thinking.
At that time, brash Stuart Millar had just taken over Piper Aircraft from its previous owners, an investment company. Millar had made great public statements about his plans to revitalize general aviation, lower prices, fight product liability and turn around the general aviation world. He quickly failed in all of the above, but he certainly got his share of media attention, especially when the company went bankrupt.
One of his most lasting contributions, however, was to restart the Super Cub production line after many years of dormancy. Super Cubs continued to dwindle out of the factory for numerous years before stopping once again in 1994.
Now you can own a piece of that history as what is claimed to be the very last Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub produced is up for sale by owner Allen Pomianek. Based in Santa Monica, California, the airplane is absolutely stock, right down to the tires installed at the factory. The pristine airplane has only 550 hours on it since 1994. Pomianek is asking $175,000 for N41594. Interested? You can reach him at: [email protected].
That’s considerably higher than what Vref says a “normal” Super Cub of the era should be worth, even accounting for this one’s low time, but it will forever be the newest Super Cub. Having just canceled the Altaire jet and seemingly focused on its higher-end piston and turboprop products, Piper doesn’t seem likely to restart the Super Cub line anytime soon, if ever.
Don’t think you can swing that on your own, check out the new AOPA Partnership Program to help you find partners to help you afford this one of a kind airplane.
It seems as if most pilots have at least a little time in the ubiquitous Cub. What’s your favorite Cub memory?