American Legend Aircraft Company is one of the most recognized and successful brands in the Light-Sport Aircraft sector. Their variation on the original Piper Cub has a great many improvements ... and that was in the very first model they debuted in 2005. Since then the Sulphur Springs, Texas company has branched out in various directions. You have several interesting choices including different models — open and closed cowl Classic Cub (closest to the original); Super Legend; Super Legend HP; AmphibCub; Combat Cub — and kits are available alongside fully-built Special LSA.
Introduced in 2015 Super Legend HP is the new top-of-the-line model for American Legend's corral of Cub-style aircraft. Debuted at the Sun ‘n Fun 2015, Super Legend HP features a potent 180-horsepower Titan O-340 engine. How potent? Consider this: Super Legend HP can break ground in only 35 feet and can climb at a stunning 2,000 feet per minute. The HP model can clear a 50-foot obstacle in 200 feet so you’ll be ready for the shortest of short fields. Legend added, “With the Titan O-340 Super Legend HP offers fast cruise speeds of up to 104 mph TAS at 2150 rpm.
Pilots who have flown any of the Legend Cub models say things like this, “Those who have flown a Legend Cub consider it to the most gratifying recreational aircraft in the skies today.” That is saying a lot but the company makes a very coveted flying machine, one that turns heads where ever it flies. Plan some extra time when you stop to get fuel; others may want to look over your Legend Cub and ask you questions.|
Features on all Legend Cub models include both right and left clamshell doors — the old Piper model had a single door. This provides a more open cockpit feel and allows easier float operation, for example, docking on either side. Legend Cubs are also three inches wider, which is a lot wider than it sounds. Twin 12-gallon wing tanks give increased range and by putting fuel in the wings center-of-gravity is improved so you can solo from either seat. An electrical system (Piper Cubs had none) enables safe, reliable engine starting and gives pilots the option of a well-equipped panel including glass displays, radios and the latest in electronics.
Beyond the features, American Legend has steadily been incorporated more carbon fiber to increase safety and useful load. Using the expertise gained with smaller components, the company added amphibious floats (LF1500A) certified with Kevlar and carbon fiber. Built purposely for the Super Legend, the company’s amphib floats use a manual gear retract or extension mechanism with watertight storage compartments. High-tech materials mean light weight with excellent strength and performance.
While celebrating its tenth anniversary, the company’s Super Legend HP has evolved into the quintessential Cub. If you love flying, you’ll love American Legend Cubs.
Phone: (903) 885-7000Sulphur Springs, TX 75483
When summer rolls around and the sweat rolls off, it’s a perfect time to think about float flying.
Video review: American Legend — on Legend Floats (Video Pilot Report)
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Every quarter, like clockwork, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), issues its delivery report.
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Video review: American Legend — Super Legend
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Video review: American Legend — Amphib Cub
The Legend Cub series — the best-selling SLSA since day one — is available in a variety of formats: regular land version, straight float version, amphib float version, and in kit-built form.
Video review: American Legend — Cub
The American Legend Cub is… well, a legend in Special Light-Sport Aircraft.
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I promised to tell you what was under the blue wrap disguising the powerplant on the unnamed taildragger in my earlier article.
Whoa, big boy! When you have huge power available, you need to … well, go have fun!
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Those hard-working stalwarts at Legend, the number one U.S.
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Pilot report: Bringing the Legend Home
I may be the only person who attended
Sun ‘n Fun and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
this year with my airplane without it leaving
Pilot report: Flying the American Legend Cub
Many light-sport aircraft
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