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Cubs to Gather at AirVenture for 80th Anniversary

March 16, 2017 - A gathering of Piper J-3 Cubs will be held at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017, July 24-30, in celebration of the iconic aircraft type’s 80th anniversary. The J-3 is one of the most successful designs in aviation history, immediately recognizable by its signature Cub Yellow paint scheme and striking black lightning bolt stripe. To many people, the term Piper Cub is synonymous with general aviation.

Originally built for primary training, the J-3 was intended to be a lightweight and affordable option for those who were itching to fly even in the midst of a poor economy. After its introduction in 1937, more than 20,000 Cubs were built, thousands of which are still flying today.

A field of yellow is expected on the AirVenture flightline after more than 80 Cubs arrive en masse from Hartford, Wisconsin, on Sunday, July 23. Cub owners planning to fly to Oshkosh can register to participate in the gathering and stay up to date on upcoming activities.

“We are once again excited to host a gathering of Cubs at Oshkosh,” said Rick Larsen, EAA vice president of communities and member programs, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. “Cubs have introduced tens of thousands to the magic of flight and continue to provide joy to thousands of owners today.”       

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