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N298SQ Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub c/n 18-1586 (frame 18-1569) - 'Royal Netherlands Air Force 8A-33' - Hoogeveen airfield in Holland - 17 May 2012 vliegveld Hoogeveen (EHHO)

The Piper PA-18-95 Super Cub is a two-seat high-wing light utility 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.

One of the visitors of Wings en Wheels 2012 at Hoogeveen airfield was Piper L-18C N298SQ. The Royal Netherlands Air Force operated over 100 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). Although registration N298SQ and the Dutch markings 8A-33 suggest that this Super Cub was one of the aircraft operated by 298 Squadron of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, it never served in Dutch services. The 1952-built Piper PA-18-95 c/n 18-1586 (frame-nr. 18-1569) USAF serial 51-15586 entered service with the French Army (ALAT - Aviation Légère de l’Armée de Terre) as 115586. In May 1969, after being retired from military services, the aircraft was registered in Germany as D-ELTQ. On 16 May 1975, Super Cub D-ELTQ was heavily damaged in a crash and registration D-ELTQ was cancelled. The aircraft was rebuilt and in October 1993, registration D-EHBR was alloted but ntu. In 1999, the aircraft was registered D-EBBR. Today, the aircraft is registered N298SQ as a Piper PA-19 with Bogco Aviation Inc., Wilmington (DE), USA. Super Cub N298SQ has its home at Lelystad Airport in the Netherlands.

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