|PA-12 Super Cruiser|
|PA-12 on skis|
|Role||Personal use aircraft|
|National origin||United States|
|Primary user||private owners|
|Developed from||Piper J-5|
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The Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser is an American three-seat, high wing, single-engine conventional landing gear-equipped light aircraft that was produced by Piper Aircraft between 1946-48. The PA-12 was an upgraded and redesignated Piper J-5.
When Piper dropped the J- designation system in exchange for the PA- system, the J-5C became the PA-12 "Super Cruiser". The earlier J-5s had been powered by either a 100 hp (75 kW) Lycoming O-235 or a 75 hp (56 kW) Lycoming O-145. The newer PA-12 model was initially powered by a 108 hp (81 kW) Lycoming O-235-C engine, was fully cowled, and had a metal spar wing with two 19 gallon fuel tanks. A Lycoming O-235-C1 engine rated at 115 hp (86 kW) for takeoff was optional.
Many PA-12s have been modified with larger engines. Wing flaps and a metal-skin fuselage can be added as modifications.
In 1947, two PA-12s named City of Washington and City of Angels flew around the world, and the worst mechanical failure they suffered was a cracked tailwheel. The City of Washington currently resides at the Boeing Aviation Hangar, part of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. The City of Angels is on display at the Piper Aviation Museum in Lock Haven, PA.
- Original model type certified 24 March 1947, with a gross weight of 1,750 lb (794 kg) in the Normal Category and 1,500 lb (680 kg) in the Utility Category
- Second model type certified 11 August 1948, with 1,838 lb (834 kg) gross weight, Normal Category only
- Crew: one, pilot
- Capacity: two passengers
- Length: 22 ft 10 in (6.96 m)
- Wingspan: 35 ft 5.5 in (10.81 m)
- Height: 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
- Empty weight: 950 lbs (432 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 1,750 lbs (795 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-235 4-cylinder air-cooled horizontally-opposed piston engine, 100 hp (75 kW)
- * Propellor Diameter: 76 in (1.93 m)
- Wing Chord: 63 in (1.60 m)
- Baggage Capacity: 41 lb (18.7 kg)
- Cruise speed: 91 knots (105 mph, 169 km/h)
- Stall speed: 42 knots (49 mph, 79 km/h)
- Range: 521 nm (600 mi, 965 km)
- Service ceiling: 12,600 ft (3,840 m)
- Rate of climb: 600 ft/min (3.05 m/s) at sea level
- Wing loading: 9.8 lb/ft² (47.9 kg/m²)
- Power/mass: 17.5 hp/lb (10.74 W/kg)
- Min. Take-off Run: 720 ft (220 m)
- Min. Landing Roll: 470 ft (143 m)
- Related development
- Plane and Pilot: 1978 Aircraft Directory, page 59. Werner & Werner Corp, Santa Monica CA, 1977. ISBN 0-918312-00-0
- Federal Aviation Administration (March 2001). "AIRCRAFT SPECIFICATION NO. A-780 Revision 13". Retrieved 2011-02-22.
- "Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser". Collections. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
- Federal Aviation Administration (November 2009). "FAA REGISTRY Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 2009-11-03.
- Transport Canada (November 2009). "Civil Aircraft Register". Retrieved 2009-11-03.
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