N4971H - 1948 Piper PA-11 Cub Special

The airplane Chris and April will fly is the original airplane that was flown by Rinker and Kern Buck as documented in the memoir, "Flight of Passage". You can read all about how this airplane was restored by Chris and others, by reading the thread on SuperCub.Org.

Below is actual footage of Kern Buck's first solo in this airplane back in the day!

 

Specifications

General characteristics

  • Seats: 2
  • Length: 22 ft 4 in (6.8 m)
  • Wingspan: 35 ft 2 in (10.7 m)
  • Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
  • Empty weight: 750 lb (340 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,220 lb (553 kg)
  • Useful load: 470 lb (213 kg)
  • Powerplant: Continental C90-8, 90 hp (67 kW)
  • Fuel Capacity: 18 gallons (68 liters)

 

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 112 mph (181 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 100 mph (162 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 40 mph (65 km/h)
  • Range: 350 miles (567 km)
  • Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4880 m)