EAA Sweepstakes 2016 Piper L4-J

EAA Sweepstakes 2016 Piper L4-J

US Specialty Insurance Company

Built in 1945, shipped to Saipan in Aug 1945. Arriving to the Pacific theater late in the war, it served briefly as liaison and communications support. Shipped back to the US it changed hands several times until wind damaged in 1968. Collected and faithfully restored by Colin Powers of OR, it became the EAA sweepstakes plane in 2016.



Registration Number Date of Manufacture
N1227N 1945
Aircraft Role Nickname
Liaison “Grasshopper”
Aircraft Type: Wingspan:
Piper L-4 35 feet 2 inches
Overall length: Empty weight:
22 feet 3 inches 766 pounds
Gross weight: Fuel capacity:
1,220 pounds 12.5 gal
Oil capacity Engine type:
4 qts Single 65 hp Continental A65 piston engine
Propeller type: Max Speed
Sensenich Model W72CK40 75 mph
Rate of Climb Cruise Speed
300 fpm 65 mph
Service Ceiling Number of Crew
12,000 feet Two
Armament Bomb Load
None None
Number Built Number Surviving
5703 40 L-4, unknown many converted to civilian J-3



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Rebuilt wings per Piper dwg 13000 using Dakota Cub Ribs
New lift struts, boot cowl, top & bottom cowl, fuel tank & valve
All instruments overhauled by Keystone, repair station BX1R050K
All AN hardware re-plated per QQ-P-416F Class 2- Type II
New brake master cylinder, lines and diaphragms
All new cabin glass
Covered on Superflite SF102-2.7, painting per STC SA-01734SE
Overhauled Magnetos, Fresno Air Parts
All new SS control cables
Overhauled carburetor, D&G Supply

Restoration Images

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