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LB-05 Piper L-21B Super Cub c/n 18-3844 (frame 18-3847) - Belgian Air Force - Beauvechain Air Base in Belgium - 20 May 2015 Belgian Navy SA.316B Alouette III

The Piper L-21B Super Cub is a two-seat high-wing liaison aircraft. The Piper PA-18 Super Cub flew for the first time in 1949, and the FAA Type certification was awarded on 18 November 1949. The first production Super Cubs were delivered in 1949. Over 10.000 Super Cubs were built, including about 8,500 civilian Super Cubs and more than 1,800 delivered to the U.S. and several foreign military services as L-18Cs and L-21s for liaison; training; transport and target tugs work. Most of the Super Cubs were built until 1981 when production originally ceased. Super Cub production resumed by WTA between 1982 and 1988, totalled 250. Between 1988 and 1994, Piper Aircraft built another 102.

In January 1958, the Piper L-21B Super Cub R-154 (ex 54-2444) entered service wiith the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Royal Netherlands Air Force). The Royal Netherlands Air Force received 155 Piper L-18C, L-21A and L-21B Super Cubs. The aircraft were owned by the Army but flown and technical supported by Groep Lichte Vliegtuigen, formed by 298, 299 and 300 squadron of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (RNethAF). During 1975, the Belgian Air Force acquired six of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Royal Netherlands Air Force) Piper L-21B Super Cubs, including Piper L-21B Super Cub R-154, for use by the Belgian Air Cadets as glider tugs. In October 1975, Piper L-21B Super Cub R-154 entered service with the Belgian Air Force as LB-05. Piper L-21B Super Cub LB-05 is operated by the Militair Centrum Voor Zweefvliegen / Centre Militaire de Vol à Voile (MCVZ/CMVV) at Goetsenhoven. The aircraft is technical supported and maintained by the No. 1 Wing of the Belgian Air Component at Beauvechain Air Base. In 2001/2002 the Super Cub LB-05 received a major overhaul, during which a brand new fuselage frame, new wings and the Lycoming Continental O-320 150 hp engine was replaced by a more powerful Lycoming O-320 that emits 180 hp. In reality the L-21B was rebuilt as a new Super Cub, with only some parts of the old aircraft transferred to the new fuselage. On 20 May 2015, Piper L-21B Super Cub LB-05 was seen at Beauvechain Air Base.

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