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Aircraft  The Company
 
First
Flight
Model Military Number Name
1930 J-3 L-4 Cub/Grasshopper
1938 J-4 L-4 Cub Coupe
1949 PA-18   Super Cub
1951 PA-22   Tri-Pacer
1952 PA-23   Apache
1956 PA-24   Comanche
1957 PA-25   Pawnee
1960 PA-28   Cherokee
William T Piper joined the board of directors of the Taylor Bros. Aircraft Co. in the early 1920s and by 1929 was the principal investor.

In 1937, a fire in the original factory in Bradford, Pennsylvania forced a move to Lock Haven.  The company was renamed the The Piper Aircraft Corporation.

Piper's modified Taylor Cub, the Piper J-3 Cub is probably Piper's most famous aircraft.

After World War II, Piper expanded into twin engine business aircraft and established an R&D facility at Vero Beach, Florida.

The 1980s saw many general aviation manufacturers with piston-engine aircraft production and Piper went out of business in 1990.  The New Piper Aircraft, Inc. was formed in 1995 using the assets of the old Piper company.

1948: Piper acquires the Stinson Division of Consolidated Vultee.

 
 Related Websites
 
Go to the New Piper Aircraft website
Go to the Piper Aviation Museum
 
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Piper's Golden Age
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page updated 16 November 2008

 

 

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