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Piper L-4 Cub

For Sale in England


Year of construction 1944  
Country England
City/Aerodrome EGLM

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Description Subject: L4 G-BEDJ

Piper L4 (J) Aircraft J3C-65 Cub

Serial number : 12890
Manufacturing date : October 25, 1944.
Roll out date 02-11-44.
Fuselage frame serial number 12720
US Army marking number : 4480594
Research shows that this aircraft (Clyde Smith in LockHaven, Pennsylvania, and Ken Wakefield UK) was allocated to the 9 Army Airforce as an artillery liaison aircraft and saw service in Belgium February 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge.
Post war surplus L4 s were sold through a Swiss brokerage company and 12890 became based near Paris , France , in a civilian flying club .
During the 1970s this aircraft was purchased  by a Uk citizen and based in the Uk  joining the UK  CAA register as G-BEDJ.
The airframe and motor were later stripped and completely rebuilt by a variety of local aircraft specialists .
In the meantime extensive research was undertaken (visits to the archivist at Piper, Lock Haven for example) to obtain factory drawings, manuals, period photo reference and replacement wartime equipment.
Using new hardware, replacing parts as needed from mostly Univair, the aircraft received much attention to the airframe structure to make sure it was fit to continue with being rebuilt as accurately as possible as the aircraft that emerged from Piper in October 1944.
It is covered with Ceconite and Randolph finishes .
During the aircrafts wartime service life it reverted to L4  H spec from its original  L4 J Spec. This meant that the very unsatisfactory and unsuccessful Beech Robey propeller was deleted and replaced with the Sensenich type.
Every effort has been made to preserve and represent the original appearance of this aircraft .
For example the original type hot air box, the correct size lift struts, instruments and the paint scheme conform to the Piper Drawings.
This L4 has an often seen field modification of clear plastic wing root end fairings which aided vision for the pilot.
There are some necessary contemporary modifications embodied to satisfy modern flying needs.
Installation  of an 8.33 radio with two place intercom and headset.
An improved occupant restraining system and a rear pilot seat back board (the original type of rear seat slings are part of the aircraft).
All these modern parts can be easily removed  leaving no permanent evidence of their installation. In the meantime they all look very much part of the aircrafts original fit.
Post a long rebuild G-BEDJ took  to the air October 2018 and now has an LAA Permit to fly.
All documents, manuals, drawings, parts orders and releases, ADs, inspections are available for inspection
Airplane time state Engine Continental A-65
Interior As per Piper
Exterior USAAF1944 Scheme
Avionics Funke 8.33
Price € 63,000  VAT free >> Convert currency
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London, England
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