This is a Super Piper Cub. It was completed as a yellow J3-65 on the 11th of July 1946 in
Lock Haven by Piper Aircraft Corporation. It was a factory export and initially had no N
Registration number. The serial number is 18584. It was then exported to South Africa
By the Piper Company where it was registered in August 1946.
In South Africa it was flown by various owners registered as ZS-AZM. Information from
AVCOM forum on the internet by Alpha-Mike-Tango have valuable information
about the Cub that includes:
- Registration in South Africa was in August 1946.
- Mr Combrink from Potgietersrus owned it from 1947 to 1949.
- It was flying from Wonderboom near Pretoria in 1948 and 1952.
- It was with Middelburg flying Club sirca 1950.
- Rebuild by owner Bill Green in 1972 after having last flown in 1967 at
Vereniging. On 24/03/1972 it completed a full restoration by Freestate Aviation that included an engine rebuild.
- Recorded as being based at Leslie in 1973.
- P. G. Dippenaar, J. A Botha, C. G. Reitz and C. Bauman recorded as being
Owners in partnership circa 1977 with the aircraft being based at Wonderboom
- J. M. Malherbe, M. Malherbe, D. J van Vuuren and C. Eloff of Pretoria recorded as being owners in partnership circa 1982 to 1986.
- L. G. Janse van Vuuren of Lynnwood, Pretoria recorded as being owner sirca 1986 to 1991.
- In 1992 it was registered to Ingrid Janse van Vuuren on a South Afrrican Certificate of
Registration No 618/29.
Since then it was maintained by Mr Sandro Strimer of Multi Aircraft Services. It was based at
Wonderboom Airport near Pretoria. In 1995 the aircraft was withdrawn from service. The plane was dismantled and shipped to the United Kingdom. It was always kept in dry storage.
It was then deregistered from the South African register and needed a full restoration.
In the UK it was put on the American register as N717PC . It was then fully restored by Guy Appelback of Scanrho Aviation at East Winch Airfield. The engine was restored by Richard von Isenburg of Isenburg Enginering at South End Airport.
On the 3rd of March 2014 it was fully restored and all the paperwork done. It was then on the UK register as G-SAZM.
In 2012 it was the 75th anniversary of the Piper Cub and this one was then 65 years old. The
Piper Cub Was then declared as the official aeroplane of the state of Pennsylvania in the USA.