GRASSHOPPER
GRASSHOPPER

Manufacturer

TAYLORCRAFT

Markings:

Robert J. Kuhlow, 1969

Designation:

L-2M

Registration:

N47583

Serial Number:

43-26110

TAYLORCRAFT L-2M GRASSHOPPER

The L-2M is an adaptation of Taylorcraft's civilian Model D. First tested by the Army in 1941 as the YO-57 the L-2 and two other types of light civilian aircraft were adopted for use as observation and liaison aircraft. The Grasshopper's ability to operate from very small, unimproved airfields made them extremely useful for supporting front line troops. In addition to use as battlefield observers many of the Grasshoppers served in the Civil Air Patrol. Surplus Grasshoppers proved very popular with civilian owners after World War II with many being sold by the Army in 1944 and 1945 for less than one thousand dollars.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 36 ft
  • Length: 29 ft 9 in
  • Height: 6 ft 8 in
  • Weight: 1,325 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 92 knots
  • Service Ceiling: 12,000 ft
  • Range: 227 miles
  • Engines: Continental O-170-3 four cylinder with 65 horspower
  • Crew: 2