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Piper L-4 Grasshopper

On loan from Celeste MacIvor

Piper L-4 Grasshopper

Did You Know?

  • The Piper L-4 Grasshopper evolved from the successful Piper Cub series and took to the air as early as 1930.
  • By 1941, the U.S. Army was in the market for a light observation and liaison aircraft with rugged reliability.
  • During World War II, Grasshoppers performed a wide variety of functions such as artillery fire direction, pilot training, glider pilot instruction, courier service and frontline liaison.


Wingspan 35 ft. 3 in.
Length 22 ft. 5 in.
Height 6 ft. 8 in.
Maximum Weight 1,200 lbs.
Maximum Speed 85 mph
Range 190 miles
Engine Continental A-65-8, producing 65 hp
Number Produced 19,888
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