The Piper Super Cub is a descendant of the Piper J-3 cub, designed in the 1930s. With a redesigned cabin, larger payload and bigger and more modern engine and instruments, it emerged in the 1950s as a favourite with bush pilots because of its ability to take off in 200 feet while still hauling 800 pounds of people, fuel and cargo.
The sturdy little plane was easy to repair due to its tube and fabric design and was just as comfortable on floats and skis as on wheels. A "tundra tire" modification saw the plane mounted on giant balloon-like tires that allowed it to operate in almost any terrain. As a testament to their design, more than 400 Super Cubs remain active in Canada today.
The Museum's cub spent most of its life in Washington state and British Columbia before crashing in 1997. It was donated as a mostly-rebuilt, but unfinished airplane. Museum volunteers completed the aircraft for display.