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.
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). After retirement from the military duties several
of the Dutch military Super Cubs were transferred to the KNVvL - Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Luchtvaart,
including Piper L-21B Super Cub R-182 (ex 54-2472). In 1978, registration PH-KNU was reserved by the KNVvL for the 1984-built Piper
L-21B Super Cub R-182, but ntu. On 24 July 1978, Piper L-21B Super Cub R-182 was registered PH-KNS as a Piper PA-18-135
with Zweefvliegclub Deelen. At Deelen, Piper PA-18-135 Super Cub PH-KNS was used as glider-tug until 12 April 1986. At that
day, the aircraft was damaged in an accident at Deelen AFB. While taxiing back to the hangar, the aircraft hit a steel pipe
that had been on the taxiway for years. After the CofA of the aircraft expired on 27 July 1986, registration PH-KNS was
cancelled on 31 July 1987. The airframe is stored at Lelystad.
On 30 August 1974, Piper L-21B Super Cub R-182 was seen
as part of the Groep Lichte Vliegtuigen "Popsy Black" demoteam during the "Open Dag" of the Royal Netherlands Air Force at Twenthe AFB.