Colour­ful Su­per Cub

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS - Re­port & photo: Roger Syratt

Piper PA18 Su­per Cub G-HELN made its first post-over­haul flight on 8 March 2019 at Tur­we­ston in the hands of Alan Tur­ney. Orig­i­nally serv­ing with the Ital­ian Army as MM52-2392 coded E.I.69, it was one of hun­dreds of Piper L-18C Su­per Cubs pro­vided to Euro­pean coun­tries in the early 1950s un­der the Mu­tual De­fense Aid Pro­gram.

Re­tired from mil­i­tary ser­vice, the Su­per Cub came to the UK in 1982 and was first reg­is­tered G-BKDG. This was changed to G-HELN in Jan­uary 1986, when own­er­ship was trans­ferred. It is now re­painted in its strik­ing 1950s Ital­ian Army colours.

Ital­ian Army-marked Su­per Cub G-HELN is air­wor­thy again fol­low­ing over­haul at Tur­we­ston

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