L-4 “GRASSHOPPER”

Brief History

The L-4 is a two seat observation-spotter aircraft . The Piper L-4 was used by the 34th Infantry Division during WW II as an observation and artillery spotter aircraft. It was one that was flown by the 109th Observation Squadron during the Louisiana maneuvers in 1940. It was a very temporary mission. A few months later the 109th pilots were flying submarine patrols on the Atlantic coast in O-47As.

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Description

Manufacturer: Piper
Designation: L-4
Version: NA
Name: L-4
Nickname: Grasshopper
Type: Observation
Dimensions

Fuselage Length: 22ft. 0in.
Wing Span: 35ft. 3in.
Height: 6ft. 8in.

Weights

Empty Weight: 730 lbs.
Max Takeoff Weight: 1,220 lbs.

Propulsion

Power Plant: Continental O-170-3
Horsepower: 65-hp

Performance

Range: 190 miles
Cruise Speed: 75 mph
Max. Speed: 85 mph
Ceiling: 9,300 ft.

Armament

None