Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper

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L-2 Grasshopper in MAPS large hangar • photo Brian Miller L-2 Grasshopper's "advanced" cockpit • photo Brian Miller

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propping the L-2 for the first run-up • photo Gary Haught SUCCESS! L-2 running • photo Gary Haught

Aircraft Background:
Originally known as the YO-57, the Taylorcraft L-2 came from the commercial Taylorcraft Model D, and was one of a series of light aircraft used in the observation and liaison mission during World War II. The L-2 featured a high-wing, tandem seats, and dual controls, and was the first tested by the Army in 1941 along with the Aeronca YO-58, and the Piper Y0-59. All three types were ordered, and all were known as 'Grasshoppers'. The L-2M was the final version of the L-2, and featured a fully cowled engine, and the fitting of wing spoilers. All of the aircraft were unarmed.

Span: 36 ft.
Length: 22 ft. 9 in.
Height: 6 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 1,325 lbs. loaded
Armament: None
Engine: Continental O-170-3 of 65 hp.
Displayed as (S/N): 42-26753

Maximum speed: 92 mph.
Cruising speed: 83 mph.
Range: 227 miles
Service Ceiling: 12,000 ft

Crew Chief: Rick Tenan

Aircraft is currently in flying status at MAPS

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