Wed, Aug 31, 2011
It's been REALLY busy hereabouts lately, as the ANN HQ crew seems
to find more and more things to do at a time when most folks would
think we could take it easy for a while. Yeah... not a chance.
Still, there's busy... and there's BUSY. And when busy means
spending a day with the Carbon Cub, life ain't all that bad.
This bird has gotten quite a buzz... as the folks at CubCrafters
went gonzo in creating the ultimate Mongo-Cub for those folks that
simply aren't happy with what everyone else is flying. The Carbon
Cub SS maxes out the abilities of the Cub thanks to extensive
re-engineering that resulted in a parts count that declined by 50
percent and also slashed 250 pounds from the empty weight (against
a similarly equipped Super Cub).
Add that to additional design augmentations that included boosting
the horsepower to a lofty 180 horsepower (giving the beast a solid
power to weight ratio of 7.33 lbs/hp and you get a honking 2100
fpm, along with some great handling... offered up by some very
dedicated aerodynamic refinements that have turned this thing into
a flying work of art.
At the end of our photo mission, the truly foolish folks of SWT
Aviation (who owned this particular bird) tossed the keys to ANN's
Jim Campbell... who promptly hauled off KSGJ's Rwy 02 in just under
400 feet (not wanting to show off) and heading aloft at over 2000
fpm... and all this occurred AFTER he'd had lunch. Yup... color us
So... enjoy our music video tour of a very cool day in the life of
a Carbon Cub SS and go ahead and TRY to tell us that you don't want
to fly this thing REALLY bad.
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