History

This is a Super Piper Cub. It was completed as a yellow J3-65 on the 11th of July 1946 in Lockhaven by Piper Aircraft Corporation. It was a factory export and initially had no N number. The serial number is 18584. It was then exported to South Africa by the Piper company where is was registered in 1947.

In South Africa it was flown by various owners registered as ZS-AZM. On 24/03/1972 it completed a full resturction by Free State Aviation that included an engine rebuilt. In 1992 it was registered to Ingrid Janse van Vuuren on a South African certificate of registration No 618/29. Since then it was maintained by Mr Sandro Stimer of Multi Aircraft Services. It was based on Wonderboom Airport near Pretoria. Certificate of Airworthiness was issued by Mr Strimer who then advised that the aircraft needed recovering. It was then withdrawn from service and unfortunately gradually deteriorated. However it was always kept in dry storage. The plane was dismantle and shipped to the UK in a state of disrepair. It was then deregistered from the South Africa register and needed a full restoration.

In the UK it was registered as G-SAZM and kept at Felixkirk airfield. To be able to restore it to full flying condition it was again deregistered and registered to the USA N register as N717PC and moved to Bagby Airfield. In 2012 it was the 75th anniversary of the Piper Cub and this one was then 65 years old. The Piper Cub is now the official aeroplane of the State of Pennsylvania in the USA.