Backcountry Super Cubs Super Cub

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Super Cub
Backcountry Super Cub N360WY.jpg
Role Amateur-built aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Backcountry Super Cubs
Status In production (2012)
Number built 138
Unit cost
US$53,500 (kit only, 2011)
Developed from Piper PA-18 Super Cub

The Backcountry Super Cubs Super Cub, also referred to as the Supercub replica, is an American amateur-built aircraft, designed and produced by Backcountry Super Cubs of Douglas, Wyoming. The aircraft is based on the design of the Piper PA-18 Super Cub and is supplied as a kit for amateur construction.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Super Cub features a strut-braced high-wing, a two-seats-in-tandem enclosed cockpit that is 30 in (76 cm) wide, fixed conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration.[1]

The aircraft fuselage is made from welded steel tubing, with the wings constructed of aluminum sheet, all covered in doped aircraft fabric. Its 37.7 ft (11.5 m) span wing has an area of 170 sq ft (16 m2), is supported by "V" struts with jury struts and mounts flaps. The aircraft's recommended engine power range is 180 to 240 hp (134 to 179 kW) and standard engines used include the 180 hp (134 kW) Lycoming O-360 four-stroke powerplant. The aircraft can be fitted with tundra tires for operation on soft or rough surfaces. Construction time from the supplied kit is 1200 hours.[1]

Operational history[edit]

By December 2011, 138 examples had been reported as completed and flown.[1]

Specifications (Super Cub)[edit]

Data from Kitplanes[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 21 ft (6.4 m)
  • Wingspan: 37.7 ft (11.5 m)
  • Wing area: 170 sq ft (16 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,200 lb (544 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,400 lb (1,089 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 48 U.S. gallons (180 L; 40 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-360 four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 180 hp (130 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed constant speed propeller


  • Cruise speed: 112 mph (180 km/h; 97 kn)
  • Stall speed: 28 mph (45 km/h; 24 kn)
  • Range: 580 mi (504 nmi; 933 km)
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 14.1 lb/sq ft (69 kg/m2)


  1. ^ a b c d e Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 44. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851

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