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EAA Chapter 524
Piper Cub Travel Journal
On April 27th Jerry and I flew the Cub up to Keymar once again for some landing practice. It was a beautiful morning and landing on grass is so much better than pavement. By going to Keymar we also avoid a lot of traffic that’s going much faster than we are and we don’t have to deal with the control tower as much. It seems the controllers still haven’t figured out how slow we are compared to everyone else. One controller even insists on calling us a “Super Cub.”
After arriving at Keymar Jerry and I took turns doing circuits of the field, shaking off the rust that comes from not flying much over the winter. During one landing we noticed that a truck had pulled up in front of one of the hangars so we taxied up and shut down to visit. Turns out it was Paul Smith who was there to work on the annual inspection of his historic L-4 Cub. The L-4 is the military version of the J-3 Cub that served as an artillery spotter in World War II. This particular L-4 is an actual combat veteran having served in Europe during the later months of the war. The plane then spent years in Switzerland as a glider tug before being brought back to the states where Paul and a partner acquired it and restored it to its original configuration. Paul even wrote a book about the history and restoration of this Cub called Saving a Grasshopper. We had a very nice visit with Paul, and in the course of discussion discovered that he and Jerry knew a lot of people in common and had actually crossed paths a number of times over the years. We keep having these “it’s a small world” experiences with Jerry. Good times.