Piper L-18C Super Cub

 

 

Piper L-18C Super Cub L-20

 

 

 

Piper L-18C Super Cub

Single engine observation, communications and training aircraft.

 

 

  157 Piper Super Cubs were delivered to the Belgian Air Force from mid-1952 onwards in the framework of the Mutual Defence Aid Programme (MDAP). After a restructuration of the armed forces on April 1st, 1954 the Super Cubs were assigned to the Belgian Army Light Aviation and exchanged their bright yellow colour scheme for camouflage paint.
From the total number of 157 aircraft delivered to Wevelgem, 25 Pipers (L88 to L112) were never used operationally by the Belgian Forces and instead were passed on to Denmark (L88 to L103) and the Netherlands (L104 to L112). More aircraft were stored for several years before taken on charge. In 1963 the serial numbers were rationalised and the majority of the aircraft got a new sequential registration number. The result was that several registrations were issued twice, which does not really help to give us a clear picture.
During its operational career a demonstration team was formed, named "The Pipettes".
All remaining Pipers were replaced by Sud Aviation Alouette II helicopters by June 1970, although for many of them this by no means meant the end of their flying career as several Pipers started a second life with civilian aero clubs all across Europe.


Picture  Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
L-01 18-1574 Jul 1952 Oct 1960 51-15574, L-1, remains sold in the Netherlands. L-114 was to become L-1 (2) but it crashed before being re-registered.
- L-02 (1) 18-1575 Jul 1952 Jun 1957 51-15575, L-2, Technical School Saffraanberg, L-02, crashed at Euskirchen (D.) on 7 Jun 1957.
- L-02 (2) 18-3197 Sep 1958 May 1969 53-4797, L-123, OL-L02, D-EBFD.
- L-03 (1) 18-1572 Jul 1952 Jun 1961 51-15572, L-3, Technical School Saffraanberg.
, L-03 (2) 18-3199 Sep 1958 Jan 1969 53-4799, L125, OL-L03, D-EABS
L-04 18-1573 Jul 1952 Jul 1963 51-15573, L-4, OL-L04, L-04, OO-HSC, OO-KIW, written off in accident at Werl (D.) on 25 Mar 1963
L-05 (1) 18-1976 Oct 1952 Oct 1960 52-2376, L-5, D-EDCI
L-06 (2) 18-3203 Sep 1958 Dec 1969 53-4803, L-129, OL-LO6, active at Nairobi, Kenia in June 1976.
L-07 (2) 18-3216 Sep 1958 Dec 1969 53-4804, L-130, OL-LO7, D-ECZF (ntu).
L-08 (2) 18-3218 Sep 1958 Dec 1969 53-4805, L-131, OL-L08, OO-LVM, G-BTUR
L-09 (1) 18-3083 Dec 1953 Jul 1961 53-4683, L-9, Technical School Saffraanberg as instructional airframe, D-ELQY.
L-09 (2) 18-3209 Sep 1958 Dec 1969 53-4809, L-135, OL-L09, D-ELFZ, OY-ECO, SE-FVS
L-10 (2) 18-3213 Jan 1959 May 1969 53-4813, L-139, OL-L10, LN-UXC (active on floats)
L-11 18-3085 Mar 1954 1970 53-4685, L-11, OL-L11, Technical School Saffraanberg as instructional airframe, D-EAEB
L-14 18-3088 Dec 1953 Jun 1968 53-4688, L-14, OL-L14, LN-LJJ.
L-16 (1) 18-3090 Mar 1954 Oct 1960 53-4690, L-16, fate unknown
L-20 18-3094 Mar 1954 Nov 1958 53-4694, L-20, Crashed at Oedelgem on 9 July 1958 after mid-air collision with L-18
L-25 18-3099 Apr 1954 Jan 1969 53-4699, L-25, OL-L25, D-EAUB
L-27 (2) 18-3201 Sep 1958 Dec 1969 53-4801, L-127, OL-L27, 5Y-HAE
L-29 18-3103 Apr 1954 Jun 1968 53-4703, L-29, OL-L29, LN-LJK
L-31 18-3105 Apr 1954 Jun 1968 53-4705, L-31, OL-L31, LN-LJL, OH-PEP
L-35 18-3109 May 1954 May 1970 53-4709, L-35, OL-L35, LN-BEE, SE-CLF
L-38 (2) 18-3227 Oct 1958 May1970 53-4812, L-138, OL-L38, OO-DPE, stored at Hoevenen, frame and wings used to restore OO-ALZ.
L-39 18-3113 Mar 1954 Feb 1968 53-4713, L-39, OL-L39, D-ENKC
L-48 18-3122 Apr 1954 Jun 1968 54-4722, L-48, OL-L48, LN-LJM
L-55 18-3129 Dec 1953 May 1970 53-4729, L-55, OL-L55, D-EHTR, (OO-HBV), D-EDHZ
L-56 (1) 18-3130 May 1954 Nov 1958 53-4730, L-56, OO-HBQ
L-62 18-3136 1954 Sep 1961 53-4736, L-62, Crashed at Heringhausen/Brilon (D.) on 31 Aug 1961
L-65 18-3139 Jul 1954 Jun 1968 53-4739, L-65, OL-L65, LN-LJN
L-77  18-3155 Oct 1954 May 1970 53-4755, L-77, OL-L77, Technical School Saffraanberg, L-77, D-EKKK, OO-KKK
L-118 18-3192 1958 Dec 1960 53-4792, L-118, PH-VCW, accident at Brasschaat on 27 Sep 1960,
 
 

 

 

 

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Last updated 10/05/17 09:18   Daniel Brackx

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