Taylorcraft L-2M Grasshopper

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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 horsepower
Crew 2