The iconic, yellow Piper J-3 Cub deserves the status as Pennsylvania's "Official State Aircraft of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."
After all, the Cub became one of the most popular and best-known light aircraft among the civilian population.
And more than that, the Cub - used extensively as a training aircraft for military pilots, for reconnaissance and combat - played a key role in helping America and its allies to defeat Nazi Germany and Japan in World War II.
We agree with wording in state Rep. Mike Hanna's House Bill 1989 to have the plane designated that the Cub's "simplicity, affordability and popularity invoke comparisons to the Ford Model T automobile."
Hanna is again asking for the Legislature's support.
We still read about and see pilots' love for the Cub, celebrated right here in Lock Haven at the annual Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven fly-in at William T. Piper Memorial Airport.
The younger generations have no clue as to the significance of this airplane to the "Greatest Generation" and to the growth of the civilian general aviation population in the years following World War II.
The famous Cub helped to put Lock Haven on the map. This is where, between 1937 and 1947, Piper Aircraft and its skilled craftsmen and women built 19,076 Cubs. And let's not forget the famous Lycoming engine that powered most of the Cubs and other Piper aircraft.
Aerofiles.com says the Cub is "perhaps the most globally recognized American airplane of all, and the one that opened the door to personal aviation for millions."
Indeed, they call it the "Forever Cub."
We wholeheartedly support designation of the J-3 Cub as Pennsylvania's "Official Aircraft." The state Legislature needs to step up this time.
- The (Lock Haven) Express