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1939 Piper J-3 Project
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
1939 Piper J-3 Project
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This Cub has a total time of 3,780 hours since the factory test flight on November 8, 1939. The logs are complete (4 airframe logbooks) and sequential since that date.

The Cub was bought new by the Brinkerhoff Flying Service of College Park, Maryland. When the Civilian Pilot Training Program began during WWII, the aircraft was moved to Buckhannon, West Virginia where one of the Brinkerhoff CPT schools was located. After the program ended, the Cub was sold to a local pilot and continued to fly. According to the logbooks, it's last flight was in 1951.

In 1970 the aircraft was discovered in a barn near Buckhannon where it had been stored since 1952.

In late 1970 the aircraft was restored and recovered with Ceconite 101. The engine was converted from the original Lycoming 50 horsepower to the Continental A-65 and a freshly Major Overhauled engine was installed. The engine has accumulated just over 300 hours since.

The aircraft was last annualed in August 2012 and was dissembled later that year to facilitate storage, due to the financial difficulties of the Lessor.

Other than the missing carburetor the aircraft is complete and there is no damage to either the airframe or engine. It has been hangered since the restoration and the Ceconite still checks in the green. The aircraft needs only the carburetor and assembly to become a flying project and fresh paint in the conventional Cub Yellow would make it a respectable antique. It retains the original factory split V windshield, which is very rare. It also has the sealed wing struts, which eliminates the AD.

Call me now to discuss this rare find.

Updated August 21, 2021

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